The reward for information leading to the capture of the robbers who shot Kemar Golding in the face has doubled to $10,000.
Crime Stoppers is matching a $5,000 reward offered by Mr. Golding’s employer, Cayman Islands Brewery, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the men who shot the 28-year-old during an attempted robbery at a jerk stand in Red Bay on 29 June.
Mr. Golding lost sight in his left eye in the shooting which occurred as he helped a friend dispose of garbage from the jerk stand, beside the Lighthouse School.
Eric Bush, outgoing chairman of Crime Stoppers, said the tips hotline by Tuesday morning had not received any calls relating to the shooting, but he hoped the reward would act as an incentive for people to come forward with information.
As well as possibly motivating a witness or informant to come forward, Mr. Bush said offering the reward reminded people of the crime itself. “We’re finding that, unfortunately, Caymanian society is becoming desensitised to this type of crime. It makes headlines and there will be several hits on the blogs and comments, but two weeks later, or even a week later, people just forget about it, while the victim is scarred for life,” he said.
“The reward reminds people that this is a heinous crime,” he said.
In what police described as an unprovoked attack, Mr. Golding was shot after three masked men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, approached him and his friend, behind the jerk stand on Shamrock Road shortly before 11.30pm. When the two men told the robbers they had no money on them, one of the masked men told the gunman “Let him have one”.
The gunman immediately raised his gun and shot Mr. Golding in the face.
Detective Superintendent Marlon Bodden told reporters last week that when Mr. Golding jerked his head back just as the gunman fired – a reaction that seems to have saved his life – the bullet entered at his left eye and exited at the left side of his head, missing his brain.
Mr. Golding underwent surgery at the Cayman Islands Hospital on Thursday.
James Mansfield, commercial manager at the Cayman Islands Brewery, said efforts were continuing to try to secure him a visa to travel to the United States for further medical treatment.
“We’re trying to get him to the US as soon as possible so he can have more medical attention,” he said. Attempts to get a travel visa over the 4 July holiday weekend proved futile, Mr. Mansfield said. However, he said he hoped a visa for Mr. Golding, who holds a Jamaican passport, could be issued on Tuesday, 5 July.
Leslie Matthew of Cayman Islands Brewery announced last week the company was offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the robbers.
He described the shooting of Mr. Golding, who has worked for the Cayman Islands Brewery for five years, as “senseless”.
The brewery is also holding a fundraising event on Saturday where it will serve free beer to attendees who will be asked to make donations for Mr. Golding and his family. In the meantime, the brewery has already been receiving donations from members of the public to help the shooting victim.
Anyone who has information about the identity of the shooter and his two accomplishes should contact Crime Stoppers on 800-8477(TIPS) or another confidential number, a police hotline on 949-7777.