Gunshots rang out in West Bay
Wednesday night, killing a young man.
It was the fifth killing in that
district since the start of the year.
The victim was identified as
20-year-old Tyrone Burell, a young Caymanian who was born in Jamaica but had
lived here for nearly his entire life.
Witnesses reported multiple shots
fired outside a home on Birch Tree Hill around 8.05pm Wednesday. When officers
arrived they discovered the 20-year-old lying on the ground near a residence
not moving or breathing. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A security guard that was working
nearby reported hearing at least three shots fired.
No arrests were immediately
reported. Police were conducting a wide search of the Birch Tree Hill Road area
using the helicopter and armed ground units Thursday night.
Later in the evening, police were
seen stopping cars on West Bay Road at the intersection of Raleigh Quay – the
only way in or out
of the district.
Officers did not state a motive for
the killing, which is Cayman’s seventh of the year.
The incident happened on the same
street – possibly even the same property – where Damion Ming was shot back in
Police declined to state immediately
if there was any potential connection between the two shootings. Wednesday night’s violence was an unwelcome
sight in West Bay district which saw four killings within two months earlier in
Four-year-old Jeremiah Barnes’s
shooting death in mid-February sparked a run of homicides that led to the
deaths of Alrick Peddie, 25, Marcos Duran, 29, and Ming.
Since late March, however, gun
related violence in the district had
dropped off sharply.
From March through September, the
Islands saw only one other shooting death.
That incident involved a homeowner
firing on a burglary suspect who police said had entered his home.
Just this week, that 65-year-old
homeowner, who is a licensed gun owner, was cleared of any criminal wrong-doing
in the shooting.