Two men are in the hospital after being shot in separate incidents Monday.

An 18-year-old was shot multiple times at 4 a.m. outside Fete nightclub, according to police. He was listed in stable condition on Tuesday and his condition was improving, police said.

In another shooting about 10:45 p.m. at the Super C restaurant on Watercourse Road in West Bay, a man dressed in dark clothing shot a 31-year-old man in the upper body while he was standing outside the restaurant, police said. The man was listed in critical but stable condition.

In the pre-dawn shooting at Fete, police reported that the suspects rode away on a motorcycle. The teenage victim at Fete “received injuries from what appeared to be a number of gunshots,” police said.

A motorbike was also damaged by gunshots outside Fete.

Emergency services took both of the men to the Cayman Islands Hospital.

Police are still investigating both incidents. Anyone with information is asked to contact the George Town CID at 949-4222.

Both Fete nightclub, across West Bay Road from the Marriott resort, and Super C have been the scenes of other violent incidents this year. In late August, a fight described as a “melee” outside the nightclub resulted in three people being sent to the hospital with stab wounds. Police arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the stabbings.

In the spring, two men were arrested after one allegedly pointed a handgun in a woman’s face in the nightclub’s parking lot.

Two people were shot outside Super C about two months ago. Someone fired shots indiscriminately into a group of people outside the restaurant, injuring two.

Police blamed the earlier Super C shooting, which came amid a spate of violence, on “rising gang tensions” after the Oct. 1 killing of Justin Manderson.

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  1. What on earth is happening in the Cayman Islands ?

    Does anyone living there not realise that, for its geographical and population size, the Cayman Islands is quickly becoming one of the most unsafe, murderous and gun-infested places in the civilised world ?

    Some of us who have left there, never to return to live there, have left there for just those reasons.

    Fear has gripped the law-abiding population to the point of paralysis.

    When I say fear, I do not mean fear of having a gun pointed at the average citizen and the trigger pulled, although that fear exists as well.

    By fear, I mean fear of admitting the problem and how serious and extensive it is, fear of speaking out vocally and publicly about it, fear of retribution from friends, neighbours and family members who knowingly have sons and daughters involved in gun-crime and who support and hide them and their weapons and who share in the profits of the criminal activity conducted by these culprits.

    Has Cayman’s citizens become too fearful to DEMAND that Governor Helen Kilpatrick, who is responsible for the country’s security and police services mobilise the RCIPS to aggressively and pro-actively tackle this problem…and that the new CoP prioritise the issue of gun crime and devise a plan to deal with this issue once and for all ?

    There are two ways that this situation can go.

    One is that nothing is done and things continue to escalate as they have been doing since CoP Baines quit his job and left; he had this problem under some level of control before he was unceremoniously pushed out of the job.

    In this case, the currently law-abiding citizens will be forced to consider arming themselves illegally just to ensure some measure of their own and their families’ protection, if some of them have not and are not already doing so, as I strongly suspect…..and in this case, they can claim to be law-abiding no longer.

    The other way is an unpleasant but potentially necessary move by the British Govt. to suspend some human rights laws and put the Cayman Islands under limited curfews and search-and-seizure laws and go after these thugs HARD.

    On week-end nights, shut down all major roads and travel routes and put armed police and trained search dogs on the streets and search every suspected or suspicious vehicle and individual that moves or blinks.

    And of course, the neighbourhoods and locations where these shootings and killings are taking place; there is a very clear pattern of locations where guns are being used on a regular basis; if I can stay in Great Britain and see this, I am puzzled beyond belief that the Caymanian and British authorities cannot…or do not…or maybe they do and decide to ignore the obvious.

    Guns are barking and people are dying right in the heart of Cayman’s night-life and tourism mecca…the 7-Mile Beach/West Bay Road hub of the tourism industry, right next to some of the major hotels and restaurants on the island.

    How long does anyone think it will be before some innocent by-stander, visitor or local will be caught up in someone’s cross-fire or injured or killed by stray bullets. ?

    And before anyone thinks that I value the life of a tourist visitor over the life of a local person, they would be entirely wrong’; all life is equally precious and important and deserves security and protection.

    I would hate to read or be told that any friend or family member of mine had been the innocent victim of some criminals’ bullet just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time and as things stand now, the chances of that happening to anyone in Cayman is increasing rapidly, on a daily basis.

    I guarantee that if the authorities go after these dangerous gun-users HARD for 3-6 months, they will find the guns and get them off the streets…any inconveniences caused to law-abiding citizens will be understood and accepted as necessary to eradicate this scourge from the society.

    Cayman’s citizens need to form some sort of action group to speak as one voice and demand that this issue be given top priority by the British and Caymanian Govts. and the police force, before it is to late.

    If some of these hardened murders need to leave this earth by the hands of the police, then so be it…I for one, will shed no tears for any of them.

    Things have gone way too far already.

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  2. Yes Ricardo I agree with every word in your comment . Completely agree with the Cayman citizens forming a action group that would speak as one voice .

    I think that Government is not doing anything to address the issue of the Islands , and is creating more issues , is why I believe that there’s a urgent need to form the Citizens group .

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  3. Ricardo, you are so right.

    1 or 2 murders a year may not seem like a lot but it is when compared with our population size.

    I have been here long enough to remember when it was headline news if a tourist’s purse was taken from the beach when they went to go swimming.

    I can remember though a funny story from about 20 years ago. Apparently someone called the police to say their apartment had been robbed. The police officer said, “Don’t worry. I know who took your stuff and I’ll go get it back.”

    A few minutes later he returned with the stuff and said, “XXXX just got out of jail and I knew he’d quickly be back to his old thieving ways. So I went to his place, searched it and I was right.”

    I guess nowadays some clever lawyer would say that was an illegal search as he didn’t have any real evidence, just a gut feeling. But he was right. Different times.

    Now it seems there is a violent crime reported almost every day. And I’m sure it is the same bunch of useless vermin and they are well known to the police. But people are too scared to report them.

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  4. Norman

    This problem isn’t unique to the Cayman Islands…or should I say…Grand Cayman…I can’t remember ever hearing of anyone shot and killed on either Cayman Brac or Little Cayman.

    Cayman is a British Overseas Territory and its security and safety is the responsibility of the British Government, especially in situations of national crises and disasters….anyone who does not see this rising and brazen gun crime, shootings and killings on an island of just 57, 000 people as a national crises is simply not thinking straight…or has become immune to situation .

    It is the brazeness, boldness and lack of fear of any type of law-enforcement retribution that is the frightening aspect of all of this.

    This lack of effort on the authorities part to PREVENT these gunmen operating freely is a major issue.

    In Great Britain, the same problem exists in London and other major cities as well but…the armed units of the police forces across the country do not hesitate to ruthlessly hunt down gunmen and take them out of commission, permanently.

    The fear of being shot and killed by British armed police units is a very real one for anyone thinking to brazenly use guns in the committing of crimes in Great Britain…this is why the murder rate, especially by firearms, is so low for a population of 63 million people.

    Gun crime is simply not tolerated here, by either the Govt. or the communities in which people live.

    As British citizens, do the people of the Cayman Islands not deserve and have the same rights to the protection and maintenance of as safe a society as possible as the citizens in Britain do ?

    The lack of action on this problem is unforgivable and will cause a detrimental effect on all of Cayman’s society if not soon addressed.

    With an unsolved murder rate of over 50 %, it must be clear that detection and prosecution alone isn’t working…and this seems to be the only method that Cayman’s authorities are willing to use at the moment.

    In the meantime, the guns continue to bark…and people continue to die.

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    • Ricardo
      Again I agree.
      There are some differences. The UK is blanketed by CCTV cameras and of course is built up. Here in Grand Cayman people can just disappear into the bush.

      But the biggest problem isn’t finding these criminals. I’m pretty sure they are well known to the police, same little gangs of animals that would sooner steal from honest folk than get a job.

      The problem is getting witnesses. You will notice how many times the police make an arrest only to find no witnesses to the crime, even though 300 people watched it being committed.

      Why does that happen? My guess is fear of reprisal. This is a small island and if you help put X in jail you will live in fear that X’s brother or cousin will be waiting for you.
      The answer has to be more scope for anonymous witnesses, even disguising their voices when they give evidence.

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