Shotgun fired into apartment car park

Police probe separate Saturday attacks

A shotgun was fired into a small crowd of young people outside a West Bay apartment complex injuring a teenager, according to a witness to the attack.

The shooting was one of two violent incidents to occur in the early hours of Saturday morning. The other – a stabbing that occurred along West Bay Road in George Town – sent a second young man to the hospital, police said.

The Caymanian Compass spoke to a witness who was in the parking lot of the Thatch Palm Villas on Andersen Road in West Bay when the shooting occurred around 4.30am Saturday. The witness spoke to the newspaper on condition of anonymity.

According to the witness, two men came from the bushes near the apartment and fired a “scattershot” in the direction of a crowd of 10 young people who were hanging out in the lot. A 19-year-old man was struck in the leg and hip by some of the shotgun pellets. Another young man, an 18-year-old, had a weapon pointed at him, the witness said. The suspects did not fire on the second teen, but ran from the crime scene instead.

“They were looking for somebody,” the witness said. “We all scattered and it seemed like they were looking around.”

Police said the two suspects in the attack were described as 5’10” and 6’ tall, wearing long pants with hoodie-style camouflage jackets.

No arrests in the shooting were immediately reported. The 19-year-old man who was shot survived.

Man stabbed at ‘fete’

About two hours before the shooting was reported, police said they received a call there had been a stabbing “in the vicinity of the Marriott” hotel along Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach.

Investigating officers arrived at the scene and found a 25-year-old man had been stabbed several times in the neck and in his torso and was bleeding profusely. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, however. 
The stabbing, according to police, was believed to have occurred at the ‘Wet Fete’ event that took place Friday night at the old Cayman Islander hotel property across the street from the Marriott.

Later in the day, police said another 25-year-old man was arrested in East End in connection with the stabbing. 
Both the stabbing and the shooting were being investigated as attempted murders, police said.

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