The 18-year-old man, who was not identified because he has not been charged with a crime, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a police operation in the George Town area.
Mr. Golding, a brewer at the Cayman Islands Brewery, was shot around 11.30pm on 29 June as he helped a friend dispose of garbage at the Roast Hut jerk stall beside the Lighthouse School on Shamrock Road.
Police said the men were putting trash from the jerk stand in a garbage can behind the stall when they were confronted by three masked men. One of them, who was armed with a handgun, demanded cash and was told they had none, said RCIPS Superintendent Marlon Bodden.
“Then one of the suspects said, ‘Let him have one’, and immediately [the victim] was shot,” said Mr. Bodden.
He said Mr. Golding moved his head slightly as he heard those words and as the gunman raised the handgun – a reaction that most likely saved his life. The bullet entered by his left eye and exited through the side of his head, narrowly missing his brain, Mr. Bodden said. .
“If he had not reacted, then we would definitely have a murder right now,” Mr. Bodden said.
The second man at the jerk stall was unhurt.
Police Commissioner David Baines later said the attack on Mr. Golding and the 13 July shooting of Bodden Town gas station worker Medsadie Connor appeared to be crimes of opportunity.
“Cash handling locations such as garages, restaurants, bars and fast food places are being targeted, often at the end of the night when it’s believed there will be a degree of cash to hand,” Mr. Baines said. Indeed, police said suspects may have believed Mrs. Connor had cash takings from the Texaco station with her when she was attacked. She did not.
Mr. Baines said there is a degree of planning involved in these types of robberies, but they are largely crimes of opportunity.
“Quite often it could have been any garage any fast food restaurant … if a person was going past one location and there were too many people, they would go to another place,” Mr. Baines said. “It is a worrying escalation. Shooting a young man in the eye when he has no money – is that what Cayman has become?”