Meddie Connor in ‘good spirits’
Medsadie “Meddie” Connor is a fixture in Bodden Town.
Anyone who has been a regular customer at Lorna’s Texaco during the past 15 years knows Mrs. Meddie.
“She’s a quiet, calm, humble woman,” said daughter Sandra Ebanks. “Anyone who knows Mrs. Meddie, they’re hurting right now.”
Meddie Connor may not be back to work at Lorna’s right away. The mother of two and grandmother of six, while she will survive gunshot injuries suffered Wednesday night, will likely require rehabilitative work for her knee.
“She has to get a pin in her knee where the bullet broke the bone,’ said Mrs. Ebanks, who added that the shoulder wound suffered by her mom was a “through and through” gunshot wound that would likely heal well. Mrs. Meddie also suffered a graze wound on her upper stomach near her chest which doctors said could have resulted from a third gunshot.
“She’s coping as well as she can,” said Meddie’s other daughter, Annette Dailey. “She’s in a lot of pain, but she’s coping.”
Mrs. Meddie, 57, was attacked across the street from the Bodden Town Texaco station just as she prepared to leave for the night Wednesday. Police said the attacker fired at least twice, possibly three times, before running off with the convenience store worker’s handbag.
Her children don’t know why the masked suspect shot Mrs. Meddie.
Mrs. Ebanks recalls her mother saying the man uttered words to the effect of ‘gimmie the money’ but wasn’t sure what precisely had been said.
“I think its just that he observed that she worked the night shift this week and may have been taking the cash out of the store,” she said. “I don’t think it was any vengeance thing.”
Gas station owner Osbourne Bodden described his long-time employee as calm and perhaps even meek at times, not someone who would have struggled with an armed robber. He said she was not carrying business takings with her at 10pm Wednesday.
“There was no reason at all to shoot that lady,” he said.
In the hospital, dozens of people have come to visit the injured grandmother, who relatives said was crying from time to time but started smiling again on Thursday.
“People we don’t even know are coming by to wish her well,” Mrs. Ebanks said. “She actually smiled [Thursday] night, so there’s hope.
“She’s really stressed right now. It was about two years ago at this time her husband died.”
Mrs. Ebanks said the whole situation with her mother being shot has left her feeling physically ill.
“I’m not eating properly, not sleeping, because of what’s happened,” she said.
In a rare move, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is offering a reward of US $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects who participated in Wednesday night’s robbery.
Only one man was involved in the shooting, but officers said two men were spotted leaving the scene in a beat up blue or grey Honda just after the shooting occurred.
RCIPS Commissioner David Baines had called the shooting of Mrs. Meddie an act of “pure evil” and urged the public to help police solve this crime.
“It is absolutely imperative that we get the men responsible for this heinous crime off the streets before someone is killed,” Mr. Baines said. “That’s why we are issuing the reward in the hope that it may just persuade anyone who has information, but for whatever reason has not yet come forward to do the right thing.”
Anyone with information should call Bodden Town police station on 947-2220, the RCIPS confidential tip line 949-7777 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS).