Sunday shootings not connected, police say

Update, 11.45am: Police have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with Sunday’s shooting death of Irvin Garlon Bush.

The arrest was made following a police operation in the
Breakers area at around 5.30pm Tuesday, Sept. 17, according to police. 

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of murder and remained in police
custody Wednesday morning.

Original story:  

Police confirmed Tuesday that there was no connection between separate shootings that happened in West Bay and Lower Valley within roughly an hour of each other Sunday night.  

However, authorities were less certain of any link between Sunday’s fatal shooting of Irvin Garlon Bush, 52, of Miss Daisy Lane and that of his son, Robert, two years earlier, which also occurred in the district of West Bay.  

“At this stage there is no direct link,” according to a statement given to the Caymanian Compass by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.  

Investigating officers also declined to make any comment Tuesday on whether the elder Mr. Bush’s shooting was gang-related. The West Bay resident’s death was the first gun-related homicide to occur in the Cayman Islands this year.  

No one was injured during the shooting about 9 p.m. Sunday outside a Lower Valley home. Mr. Bush was killed a short time later in West Bay, just after 10 p.m.  

Mr. Bush’s family members were at a loss Tuesday to explain what happened to their father.  

“Everyone wants to know, why would someone kill my dad?” said Irvalyn Bush.  

Mr. Bush’s son, Robert Macford Bush, was shot to death at the intersection of Captains Joe and Osbert Road and Birch Tree Hill Road on Sept. 13, 2011. Two days later, in what local police said was at least potentially a retaliatory shooting for Robert Bush’s killing, Andrew Baptist, 24, was gunned down.  

Mr. Baptist’s killing occurred the evening of Sept. 15, 2011. Exactly two years later, Irvin Bush was shot at his home in the Logwoods area of West Bay.  

Ms Bush said Monday that she didn’t suspect any connection between what happened to her brother, Robert, and what happened to her father.  

“If it’s revenge, I don’t know about it,” Ms Bush said. “Anything’s possible, I guess.”  

There is a long-standing gang rivalry between certain residents in the Logwoods area of West Bay, where Irvin Bush was killed Sunday, and the nearby neighborhood of Birch Tree Hill. At the time Robert Bush and Andrew Baptist died, police investigators ascribed those deaths to that ongoing feud. 

Police indicated in September 2011 that Mr. Baptist’s name came up during investigations into Robert Bush’s killing.  

“We have strong grounds to believe both of these murders are gang-related and relate to a resumption of a feud between factions or gangs … from the Logwoods area and the Birch Tree Hill area,” said then-RCIPS Chief Inspector John Jones.  

There have been no indications that Irvin Bush – who was in his 50s – was involved in any sort of gang activity. 

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The car that Robert Macford Bush was killed in on Sept. 13, 2011. – Photo: File

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Police outside Irvin Garlon Bush’s home on Monday morning, the day after he was gunned down. – Photo: Brent Fuller
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