Two shootings in West Bay
Royal Cayman Islands Police detectives said Friday that a man who was shot dead in the stairwell of a West Bay apartment Thursday night was the victim of an apparent robbery.
“This appears to have been a violent robbery that has tragically gone wrong,” RCIPS Superintendent Marlon Bodden said. “There’s nothing to suggest this murder was related to gang activity.”
The victim, 29-year-old Ecuadorian national Marcos Duran, was rushed to hospital after he was shot in the head. He was pronounced dead upon arrival.
The deadly shooting was one of two incidents involving gunfire in West Bay Thursday night. Police said the two incidents did not appear to be related.
In the other shooting, a 16-year-old male was hit in the leg on Capt Joe’s and Osbert Road. He was taken to hospital where he was recovering on Friday.
No arrests had been reported in either shooting. The two incidents happened within seven minutes of one another.
Residents in the area of Maliwinas Way and
North West Point Road reported hearing gunshots just before 7.30pm Thursday.
One woman, who lives near to where the
shooting happened spoke to the Caymanian Compass on condition of anonymity,
said she heard three loud bangs like a muffler coming out of a car and hitting
Shortly after the woman heard the noises, a
relative came around the corner of the resident’s lawn and said there had been
a shooting at the home on Maliwinas Way.
A woman was heard screaming shortly after the
It was the third homicide to occur on Grand
Cayman so far this year. All three victims have died from gunshot wounds.
Witnesses said they spotted a white vehicle
leaving the Maliwinas Way scene shortly after the shots were heard.
Few details were available about the other
shooting scene in West Bay. The second shooting was reported at 7.33pm Thursday.
Just one week ago, two men were shot in
separate incidents in West Bay also on Thursday night, 4 March.
Those two incidents were followed by an early
morning shooting in George Town where several cars were fired upon and a second
George Town shooting where a middle-aged woman was shot in the face in broad
daylight outside a bar.