Police release three in shooting

Three of four men detained by Royal Cayman Islands Police in connection with last week’s deadly triple shooting in West Bay had been released from custody without charges as of Sunday.

A fourth man held by officers was still in custody at press time Monday.

Police Superintendent Kurt Walton said two of the men who were taken into custody hours after Wednesday night’s shooting were actually victims themselves, and had been part of the group of seven young men who were fired upon.

Mr. Walton said their detention was simply ‘part of the investigation process.’

Police were still searching for the gunmen that apparently opened fire from across the street into the group of youths, hitting three of the seven gathered there.

Wednesday’s shooting on Turtle Crescent near Bonaventure Road killed 20-year-old Marcus Ebanks, injured his 18-year-old brother Rod and left 14-year-old Adryan Powell in critical condition at a Miami hospital.

Adryan’s condition was said to be improving over the weekend, but it was still unknown whether the teen would end up suffering paralysis from a gunshot wound.

Police Commissioner David Baines intimated last week that the young men who were shot may have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, police declined to respond to questions about whether the intended target of the shooting was actually someone else.

Mr. Walton said police continue to urge witnesses to the shooting to provide any information they can give.

‘Were you in the area on Wednesday evening?’ Mr. Walton asked. ‘Did you see anyone arrive or leave? If you did, let us know.’

Residents were given several ways of contacting the police to provide information including contacting the investigative team directly on 926-1773 or 926-3975; calling Crime Stoppers at 800-8477 (TIPS); or using a new ‘voicemail facility’ set up by the RCIPS at 949-7777.

‘We want people to have as many options as possible,’ Mr. Walton said. ‘This facility has no caller ID and will not be traced – people do not need to be scared about their identity being revealed. The caller doesn’t have to speak with anyone; they can just leave a message – it is completely anonymous.’

The voicemail calls will be handled by a representative of the RCIPS.

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