Police have reclassified an attempted armed robbery in which
a 28-year-man was shot in the face as an attempted murder case.
The victim, 28-year-old Kemar Golding, was shot while
helping a friend put garbage in a bin behind the Roast Hut jerk stand late on
Wednesday night. The two were approached by three masked men, one of whom was
armed with a handgun.
When the gunman asked the men for money and was told they
had none, one of the other suspects said “Let him have one” and the gunman
immediately shot Mr. Golding in the face, said Chief Superintendent Marlon
Bodden of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
He said Mr. Golding had jerked his head to the side right
before the shot was fired, a movement that most likely saved his life, as the
bullet missed his brain, entering by his left eye and exiting at the left side
of his head, Mr. Bodden said.
“If he had not reacted, then we would definitely have a
murder right now,” he said.
The shooting occurred around 11.30pm Wednesday at the food
stall in front of Prospect Playhouse on Shamrock Road in Red Bay.
Mr. Golding, a brewer at the Cayman Islands Brewery,
underwent surgery on Thursday morning and was expected to be airlifted overseas
for medical attention. He was reported as being in a “serious but stable
The second man at the jerk stall was unhurt.
“At the moment, based on the aggravation of this particular
incident, we are now treating that investigation as an attempted murder,” said
Mr. Bodden, who described the attack as “unprovoked”.
Police said all three suspects wore masks, with one wearing
a hoodie-type jacket. Mr. Bodden said they were reported to be wearing some
kind of cloth, possibly t-shirts, over their faces. All three spoke with
The three masked men ran off, empty handed, towards the
Lighthouse School, in the direction Red Bay Primary School, police said.
By late Thursday morning, police had not recovered a bullet or bullet casings
from the scene.
This is the fifth incident in recent weeks where a firearm
has been discharged during a crime.
Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with
information about the shooting to contact a confidential police hotline on
949-7777 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477(TIPS).
For more on this story, check Friday’s Caymanian Compass.