Staff member caught up in shooting

Bullet lodged in woman’s neck after George Town shooting on Saturday

One of the victims in Saturday’s triple shooting was a staff member who arrived to help close down the bar at an outdoor party in George Town. 

The woman has been released from hospital, though she still has a bullet lodged in her neck, following the incident at a licensed party on Sparky Drive. Two men were also injured in the shooting, one of them seriously. 

The female victim was one of two staff members from Papa Jack’s mobile liquor licensing service on the scene to ensure the event promoters complied with a licensing condition to shut down the bar and sound system at 3 a.m. She was sitting in a van outside the party and was hit by a stray bullet when the gunmen opened fire. 

Prentice Panton, who owns Papa Jack’s, said the event was a licensed party called Dutty Fridaze, run by an independent promoter, with the bar licensed through his business. 

More than 100 people were still present when the shooting took place, according to witnesses. 

No arrests had been made as of press time Tuesday. 

Two Papa Jack’s staff members were on site to ensure the promoter complied with the liquor license, according to Mr. Panton. 

The female victim was sitting in the vehicle outside an enclosed outdoor site, when the gunman opened fire. 

“The bullet came through the glass and hit her in the back of the neck,” said Mr. Panton, who spent much of the weekend at the hospital with the woman. 

“They released her, but they said it was safer to leave the bullet in.” 

He said the site off Sparky Drive is commonly used for weekend parties. Papa Jack’s provides a licensed bar service for such events. 

“They had security, they had a license. Everything was fully regulated. My staff were shutting the bar down when this happened.” 

The other staff member, who was at the scene with the victim, said he had been inside the venue talking to the deejay when he heard the shots. He returned to the vehicle to see his passenger had been shot. 

Targeted attack 

Royal Cayman Islands Police Detective Chief Inspector Malcolm Kay said, “We believe that one of the individuals was targeted. The gunman continued to fire as he tried to run away and two people were caught in the crossfire. 

“The female received a very serious injury. She was shot in the neck and is lucky to be alive. We could have easily been dealing with three murders.” 

He said the shooting happened when large crowds were still likely to be around, inside and outside the venue. He urged anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward. 

Anyone with information can call police on 949-4222 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 800-8477 (TIPS). 

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