A Jamaican man was gunned down in the yard of a West Bay home Wednesday afternoon in an apparent retaliatory shooting.
Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner David Baines said the gunfire was heard just before 3.30pm off Willie Farrington Drive, south of Batabano Plaza.
Witnesses reported hearing six to seven shots, followed by a man vaulting a fence on the property and running off toward the shopping centre.
Police did not immediately confirm the victim’s name, but friends and family said they believed the dead man to be 25-year-old Alrick Peddie.
Residents said the area where the shooting occurred was a known neighbourhood hangout and that young men were often seen in the yard during the day.
The victim’s body was still on the scene when police detectives arrived, and Commissioner Baines said it was clear there had been no chance of saving the man.
As is standard protocol, the body was later transported to the Cayman Islands hospital where the victim was formally pronounced dead.
West Bay was flooded with police immediately after the shooting occurred. A convoy of five police cars had blocked West Bay Road, checking vehicles that were leaving the area and heading toward George Town.
Willie Farrington Drive at West Bay Road was also blocked by officers, who were forced to stop a distraught woman from barging through police barriers just before 4pm Wednesday.
The woman could be heard shouting at officers that she wanted to see her husband.
A local store owner at Batabano Plaza said she knew the victim only by his street name “Bling” and said the man had come to the store several times before with his baby in tow.