Man shot in Prospect

A man was shot dead late Thursday at his home in Prospect, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service reported. 

According to police, multiple shots were fired into an apartment on Marina Dr. around 9:30 p.m. 

The victim, a 22-year-old male identified by his neighbors as Earl Hart, was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead early Friday morning. 

RCIPS officers said they were searching for a white motor car in relation to the shooting. They did not state how many individuals may have been involved in the shooting or if any arrests had been made.

Leighton Rankine, who said he rented the small apartment next door to Mr. Hart’s girlfriend about two months ago, was startled by gunfire as he dozed off Thursday night. Mr. Rankine said he heard three shots, but indicated other people in the area reported hearing more.

Mr. Hart’s girlfriend was in the apartment at the time of the shooting, but she was not injured.

A massive police presence remained in the area of Marina Dr. overnight Thursday, and the street was blocked at its intersection with Shamrock Rd. The RCIPS helicopter was seen searching the area late Thursday. 

Thursday’s shooting is the second homicide in the Cayman Islands in 2013. 


  1. Social network is how I get to see all my Grand kids everyday but today I scrolled down the page and read Matthews Leslie’s heart touching story. I live in Prospect and had no idea until I just read the article of the young Caymanian that lost his life last night to senseless violence in our community. I would urge everyone in the community to read Matthew’s story now posted on Facebook and I’m sure that it will touch you as it did me. Often time we hear of names of our young adults dying too early, but this time you have a way of connecting a name to a real person in the community, thanks to Matthew.

  2. Can anyone actually see that Cayman has gotten totally out of control ?

    Or is everyone’s head firmly buried in the sand like the proverbial ostrich ?

    As well intentioned as it might have been, a recent comment calling the shooting of a child in the committing of a robbery, ‘stupid’ and ‘uncool’ far understates the gravity of the situation.

    I ran into another Caymanian just last night on the way from work who just visited Cayman recently and in speaking with her, I asked her…’so, how is Cayman now…I haven’t visited for almost 5 years ?’

    She said…’Oh Cayman is just fine’!

    I replied…’I’ve been reading the news and there’s been a lot of shooting and gun crime recently’.

    Her reply was…’Oh yea…dat too’ as if it is ok and just part of a normal set of circumstances.

    Well, let me jerk some people out of their sense of denial…it isn’t !

    The guilty are killing people with impunity, without fear and without retribution.

    And the innocent cannot raise their hands in their own defense in any effective way ?

    Where on the earth can that be seen as ok…except in Cayman ?

    It will be a very, very long time before I set foot in this kind of Cayman again…if ever !

  3. My condolences to the friends and family of the young man who was murdered. The spike in hadgun use in recent months is likely attributable to a recent shipment of firearms, and it is difficult to see how this would be much of a secret on a small island. The community needs to cooperate with police and turn in those responsible for both the guns and the murder. When murderers and gun-runners are allowed to rule, anarchy follows- and if times are difficult now, just wait until the business community and the tourists are gone. The people of this Island have always impressed me, with their history of hard work, sacrifice and united will to build a great country. Don’t let that all go to waste.

  4. Is I true that this young man was the Key Witness in a Murder trial? If this is true where was the police protection. Also, If this is the case, people need to stop insinuating that he brought this on himself.

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