This tented area near Welly's was the scene of a shooting Friday night. - Photo: Jewel Levy

An elderly man is in stable condition at Cayman Islands Hospital after suffering a serious gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The man was shot around 8 p.m. Friday on Sound Way, police confirmed.

Witnesses at the scene said they saw a masked man arrive with a machete and heard multiple gunshots fired before running for cover.

Police said they were searching for two suspects, who were said to have left the location on foot.

The scene of the shooting, they added, was a place where men congregated to play dominoes behind Welly’s Cool Spot, but no one was playing at the time.

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One suspect was said to have had a handgun and the other brandished a machete.

One eyewitness, who showed a Compass reporter his badly scraped up knee, said he fell on the pavement running for cover. He said there were around 20 people in the back of the restaurant hanging out under the green tent by the breadfruit tree when he saw a man turn up at the scene wearing a black mask and carrying a machete.

The witness told the Compass it was a mad dash for cover by everyone. People went into a panic and even those in the restaurant started running. He added, “People were just buying food.”

The man that was shot, he said, was sitting in a chair. After the attacker left, people went back and saw the victim holding his side until the ambulance came and took him away.

One of the women who works at the restaurant, gathered with other workers outside the restaurant, said people inside the restaurant left. She also said the restaurant’s normal closing time was 11 p.m.

Additional witnesses said they did not know what direction the masked man fled to behind the restaurant.

Emergency services were dispatched to the scene shortly after 8 p.m., when it was reported that shots had been fired.

“The area was assessed by the armed units and they then advised the EMTs when it was safe to enter the location,” the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said in a press statement.

Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact the George Town Police Station at 949-4222.

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