Police on Monday named 23-year-old Jamaican national and Spotts Newland resident Jackson Rainford as the victim of Sunday night’s fatal shooting on Shedden Road near Printer’s Way in George Town.
Shortly after 1am on Monday, authorities in Grand Cayman said they arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of murder.
The incident occurred Sunday about 10.30pm, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, when a man approached the white Honda Civic in which Mr. Rainford was a passenger. The assailant fired “several times”, according to reports, “then ran off”.
Police declined to comment on the firearm used or number of shots fired, saying they “formed part of the investigation”, but that a post-mortem was “scheduled for this weekend”.
While the driver of the car was unhurt, the statement said, police declined to say more than “he has been interviewed by investigators”. They likened the motive to “domestic jealousy”.
Arriving at the scene on Sunday night, officers found Mr. Rainford inside the vehicle “suffering from multiple gunshot wounds”. Police sought unsuccessfully to revive Mr. Rainford on the pavement outside L&T Tyres at the corner of Shedden Road and Thomas Russell Way.
Ambulance personnel attended the scene shortly thereafter and pronounced him dead.
Police immediately shut Shedden Road from the traffic lights at Thomas Russell Way, near Jacques Scott Wines & Spirits, to the junction with Dorcy Drive at NAPA, only admitting traffic after 10.20am on Monday. Printers Way, which runs off Thomas Russell Way to Shedden Road, was also closed to traffic Monday morning.
The police service has opened a “Murder Incident Room” at the police station in George Town with 15 officers dedicated to the investigation.
The shooting death is the first to occur in the Cayman Islands since September 2011.
Detective Superintendent Marlon Bodden is urging anyone who was in the area at the time of the shooting to contact the enquiry team at the following numbers 649-3057/649-4522 or the confidential Crime Stoppers number 800-8477 (TIPS).