Suspect arrested in WB shooting

A man who police said fired into a vehicle and hit one of the occupants in the wrist last week in West Bay has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The 20-year-old was arrested Friday but had not been charged as of press time Monday.

The man injured in the Jan. 5 shooting outside the Pop-A-Top liquor store in West Bay was wounded in an apparent retaliation attempt for another shooting on Jan. 3 outside the Super C Restaurant. Victor Oliver Yates, 22, was killed in the latter attack.

According to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, the 22-year-old who was shot on Jan. 5 had been in the liquor store on Powell Smith Road and was shot after he stepped out from the store and got into a waiting car (a Toyota), which his friend was driving.

“As their vehicle was driving away, a green Honda motor car reversed along Powell Smith Road from the junction with Reverend Blackman Drive and stopped by the Toyota,” a police statement about the incident read. “One person exited the Honda wearing a hoodie and opened fire on the Toyota which was driving off in the general direction of Stadium Drive. A number of shots were fired. The shooter got back into the Honda, which continued reversing with its lights off in the general direction of Town Hall Road.”

Police said a number of people were riding in the Honda, which was later found abandoned along Miss Daisy Lane in West Bay.

The man who was shot was treated at the Cayman Islands Hospital and released.

RCIPS officials have not classified the two attacks as connected, nor addressed a motive in either shooting. The governor’s office has said the two incidents appear to be “gang-related.”

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