Arrest made in shooting
Opposition party MLA Arden McLean blasted the ruling
government at a Saturday night political meeting over Cayman’s crime situation,
which he said has gone “out of control”.
An emphatic point was placed on the Legislative Assembly
member’s comments when gunshots were fired at a home on Sea View Road in Mr.
McLean’s East End district early Saturday morning.
One of the bullets struck a window, but no one was hurt
in the incident.
people of East End awoke [Saturday] morning to yet another shooting,” Mr.
McLean told an audience of more than 200 people at the Mary Miller Hall in
report of gunshots being fired at the house on Sea View Road came in at about
2.40am, police said.
Police announced the arrest of an 18-year-old man in connection with the shooting. Officers said the teen was arrested Saturday night following a police operation in East End. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of an unlicensed firearm.
few shootings have occurred on Grand Cayman so far this year. However, reports
of shots fired in a couple of high-profile robberies, along with the robbery of
two tourists on a remote East End beach last week have brought crime issues to
had three shootings in the last six months in East End and nobody knows
anything about it,” Mr. McLean said.
McLean took Premier McKeeva Bush to task over the incidents, noting that the
country’s national crime strategy – nearly two years in the making – has still
not been released to the public.
Premier just [last] week expressed his outrage…over this intolerable situation
and the Cabinet’s intent to consider a crime prevention strategy during the
coming week,” Mr. McLean said. “Mr. Premier, where have you been?”
McLean said crime has Cayman “in a choke-hold” and urged the government to
spare no expense in
combating the problem.
also lambasted Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner David Baines, calling
on him to “cease his blaming of the United States’ firearms policy for the
deaths of young Caribbean men”.
him to stop talking about getting rid at some of the crime fighting [apparatus]
that the PPM [People’s Progressive Movement] bought and get on with the…job.”
East End member’s comments were an apparent reference to rumours that surfaced
last month that the RCIPS was looking at selling off some of its marine patrol
police service indicated it has not made any decisions to do so at present.
have been two shots-fired calls reported in the 10 robberies or attempted
robberies that have occurred since 1 January on Grand Cayman.
beach robbery in East End did not involve firearms, but police said two
tourists were threatened by men carrying a bat and a set of brass knuckles.
was unclear whether any money was taken in a 3 February incident when armed men
entered the MoneyGram store in Meringue Town plaza and then shot their way out
of the store after a security guard pulled the storm shutters.
27 January, Joe-Ena’s liquor store in West Bay was robbed and there were
initial reports that a shot was fired, but police never confirmed that.