Although it initially went unreported by police, the Cayman Compass has learned a second man was injured during a late Friday night shooting that killed David Ruben Ebanks of West Bay.
The man apparently suffered an injury to his foot from the gunfire that erupted outside a jerk stand on Birch Tree Hill Road just after 11 p.m.
Witnesses in the area reported hearing four shots in total, some of which struck Mr. Ebanks, 20, who died at the scene.
The Compass sought clarification from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service about the details of the shooting and received the following statement on Tuesday: “According to investigators, on checking the hospitals, no one attended for such injuries (gunshot wound to the foot). The information has also come to their attention of another person being injured, but RCIPS is not in a position to confirm these reports as yet.”
The dead man’s father, Rudy Ebanks, said Monday that he was informed that another person, who may have been the actual target of Friday’s deadly attack, had been injured in the incident.
Mr. Ebanks also said Monday that he believed his son was not the intended victim Friday.
“David was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Mr. Ebanks said. “They never got the guy they really went after. The bullets were not meant for him that night. It’s all about retaliation now.”
The Compass also has learned that a bullet from the shooting flew into a nearby home, into the bedroom of a woman who was sleeping at the time. She was not hurt.
RCIPS Chief Inspector Malcolm Kay revealed additional information about the shooting late Monday.
“We are interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen a four-door silver or gray Hyundai Accent motor vehicle in the West Bay area anytime before the shooting that day,” Mr. Kay said. “This vehicle may have been unusual to the area. Its driver was seen driving slowly and erratically in the area before the shooting. Any information, however small you may think it is, could be vitally important to us in solving this murder.”
Mr. Kay described the incident as a “senseless killing” – the second to occur in West Bay this month.
Victor Oliver Yates, 22, was shot dead outside the Super C Restaurant on Jan. 3. In what was believed to be a retaliatory shooting on Jan. 5, a 22-year-old West Bay man was shot at outside the Pop-A-Top liquor store. He was struck in the wrist and survived his injuries.
Shortly after news of David Ebanks’s death circulated the islands Friday, the 22-year-old shooting victim from Pop-A-Top posted the following on his Facebook page: “R.I.P. to my cuzzin David. They kill u, they just kill dem self.” The quote was followed by what appeared to be a threat to those responsible, a posting which was later removed from the site.