Early morning shooting in GT

| 23/01/2011

(CNS): Police say a 19-year-old man was shot in the neck around 2:10 am this morning, Sunday 23 January and is currently undergoing treatment for the wound at the Cayman Islands Hospital, George Town. The shooting occurred at a residence located along Cruz Lane in George Town, according to the RCIPS. The wound is serious but not life threatening, and the victim is expected to recover in time. The motive of the shooting is unknown at this time, and police are appealing for anyone who was in the vicinity of the incident at the time it occurred or who may know of something in relation to what transpired to contact the George Town police station at 949 4222, or call Crime Stoppers 800 8477(TIPS).

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  1. Caymanian says:

    Guns are still comming in and immigration policies are getting worse. Immigration Executives need to check what some of their female officers are doing. Giving extended time to certain people who are bringing fruits and favours. Allowing a person to have four 3 month temporary work permits. Jumping from one employer to another for only three months. Some people are beating the system by doing this. It is wrong and female immigration officers are involved. If I did not have evidence of this I could not say what I am saying. Be careful.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ha ha ha !

    Is the official gazetted name for ‘Banna Walk’ registered as Cruz Lane ?

    Makes Bannana Walk sound like some sophisticated place !

    If news reports were to refer to these areas by their locally-known names, readers could easily piece together pretty much what happens in these type of circumstances and certain individuals would not be so confused and suggest such weird and unrealistic theories when they don’t have all the facts.

    Banna Walk is a blight on the Rock Hole area of George Town and has been for years but there are still good, decent families who live in that area.

    Drug related killings have taken place off that Bodden Road area before and like many other areas in  urban George Town, are indicative of modern city life in Grand Cayman.

    Every city in the world has such areas that society can do very little about except try to contain the crime, arrest and prosecute the perpetrators and keep law-abiding citizens as safe as possible.

    Cayman will always have its Bananna Walks, Swamp, Dog Citys, Central etc etc and there is very little anyone can do about it.

    If you’ve noticed, I’ve called  all these neighbourhoods by their locally known names to remove any confusion to the areas to which I’m referring.

  3. Truthseeker says:

    I think it would be fair to say that Cruz Lane is not the sort of area that a (non hard drug seeking) tourist would be hanging out, at a party or in a bar, and based on news reports, yes, there has been plenty of gang/drug activity in this tiny area of George Town. I understand your concern, but I really doubt that this incident suggests any particular threat to our visitors. Crimes have been happening here for many years, and the greatest change is the reporting, especially on the internet.

    • Anonymous says:

      you say it’s not a threat to tourist.  What do the tourist think? 

  4. Anonymous says:

    Cruz lane commonly known as Banana walk!

  5. Marek says:

    Or the individual was mishandling the gun which discharged and shot himself…  this happens quite often when somebody doesn’t know how to use a firearm.

    Perhaps somebody else was handling the weapon and it went off by accident…

    Early AM inside a private residence without the mention of a party, dispute or robbery makes the above quite possible.

    However it happened, the young man is lucky to be alive.

    Maybe when he recovers he can teach others about the dangers of owning a gun.

  6. TCM29 says:

    You need a tough, armed police force to force the feral scum of your society off the island for good. It would be money well spent. Just think being able to advertise the safest place in the Caribbean.

    • Anonymous says:

      But America has a heavily armed police force, and no one would claim that is an inherently safer place to be because of that, would they?

      The fact remains that all of these shootings have taken place amongst gangs – they are killing themselves off, and no matter how many armed police you put on an island, that threat will not deter people. If the thought that they might get shot would stop people having guns, then the criminals wouldn’t have them because they know the biggest threat comes from other criminals who have guns. The responsibility for this does not lie with the CoP, immigration or the Judiciary, it lies with our society. The Police cannot stop people getting shot, but they can catch and prosecute those who do the shooting, and I would have to say that, contrary to what certain commentators post on this site, the police do seem to be making progress on arresting people and charging them. CNS how about a report on all of the gun-related crimes from last year, or at least the gun related murders, and how many people have been arrested for each crime, and then how many people have been charged? I’ve no idea what the cleanup rate is, so it would be interesting to know.

    • Dennie Warren Jr. says:

      Re: “You need a tough, armed police force to force the feral scum of your society off the island for good.  It would be money well spent.”

      There is a valid roll for armed officers, but could you please explain how the police would be able to prevent the death or serious injury to a person who is being attacked, since no police officers would be present during an incident to repel the attacker(s)?

      To those who think that unless you’re a gang member, you won’t be harmed should asked themselves what happened to those elderly people, a few months ago, who were so badly assaulted by armed gunmen.

  7. Anonymous says:

    … end of the world again …… 

  8. visitor says:

    I would like some more information on the article. Was the person a tourist? Was the person attending a party? Was the person at the bar? Was there gang/drug activity in the area? These crimes are getting senseless and they need to stop. Someone in Cayman has to take a stand and stop the crime, It is a small island with a small population. It doesn’t take much to find out details. More than likely, if it is anything like the US, the victim is going to be a victim again. If it was gang related, they intended to kill him, not just hurt him. We see it over and over again. Someone survives a gun shot and then a few months later is successfully killed. I am leaning towards some sort of “illegal” activity. I sure don’t think someone just took a gun and shot the first person they saw. There was a reason for the shooting. We may feel that violence is never the right thing, but the gangbangers, drug dealers, and cold hearted people think that violence is the answer. Thus, shooting someone at a residence in Georgetown….revenge for something…a gang war going on, what is it? Figure it out people…..your poor Island is sinking fast!

    • Anonymous says:

      Or it could of been an stupid accident.

      Stupid people do stupid things.

      When guns are involved with alcohol and drugs, stupidity can be lethal.

    • Anonymous says:

      Visitor

      I’m sorry to disappoint you but this is all the information that you’re going to get on this shooting.

      For many years now, the police and media in Cayman have adopted a policy of giving as least information as possible to the public on major crimes of violence.

      Its not for me to say whether this is a good policy or not but it is, what it is.

      Usually, locally connected individuals know exactly what happened and for their own safety, keep their mouths shut or discuss what they know only with people that they trust.

      This is why these crimes in Cayman are so difficult for the police to solve and the victim lives and the shooter remains free to try again.

      To solve Cayman’s gun and gang problems, the CI Government would have to adopt some really draconian measures that would probably infringe on too many law-abiding citizens rights; I’m talking about house-to-house searches, curfews in certain neighbourhoods, detain and search measures and such the like.

      Most Caymanian citizens will not stand for Cayman becoming like that so they tolerate the levels of crime that now exist as ‘collateral damage’.

      If some of these measures are not adopted though, Cayman will soon become like inner-city Kingston or other urban cities around the world.

      Cayman is going to have to become a sterner place if this crime problem is going to be addressed.

      Having unarmed police now when the obvious levels of armed criminals is threatening the Caymanian way of life is just pure folly as far as I am concerned.

      The United Kingdom can afford to still have generally unarmed police because the ownership of illegal weapons in the hands of civilians and criminals no where near approaches the level of criminal gun possession in the Cayman Islands per head of the population.

      In the UK, if there is one firearms murder or incident once every six months, that is a lot for the UK and causes huge public outcry and we are talking about a population of 62 million people.

      In Cayman, a population of around 50,000people, you are now approaching one firearms robbery and attempted murder per week and I am being kind with the numbers here !

      CNS note: CNS has not "adopted a policy of giving as least information as possible to the public on major crimes of violence" (why would we?) but we can only report the information that we have.

      • Dennie Warren Jr. says:

        Re: "…the CI Government would have to adopt some really draconian measures that would probably infringe on too many law-abiding citizens rights; I’m talking about house-to-house searches, curfews in certain neighbourhoods…"

        Totally unnecessary, because the RCIPS can get a warrant anytime they can show need.  So no need to destroy the Cayman Islands with such “draconian measures”.

  9. NJ2Cay says:

    OK, Let’s take a look at 2011, it’s week 4. And the score is 6 Robberies, 2 assaults, 1 Stabbing and 1 shooting.

     

     Way to go Cayman, perfect way to attract tourist with a crime free environment.

     

    Fire The Chief of Police and start fresh, maybe hire some of the officers that were laid off in Camden NJ.

     

  10. Anonymous says:

    It is interesting to observe when shootings happen in West Bay, how many posters comment negatively about our district; yet when shootings happen in GT and other districts, there are no suggestions to search all people entering and leaving these districts as is often suggested for WB.

    The present state of gun and other serious crimes isa Grand Cayman problem, not a problem unique to any particular district.

    I await the West Bay bashers silly comments.

    • Anonymous says:

      Any controls set up should not be take personal but recognized as an attempt to catch offenders and protect the entire population.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I cannot imagine that the shooter aimed for the neck. It was a headshot for sure. Now it becomes a minor news story, but not the murder it was supposed to be. This one goes on the back burner.
    This is the world we live in.You dare protest and the NWO will crush you.

    • Anonymous says:

      "It was a head shot for sure".

      "For Sure"? How do you know that? Were you an "up close" witness?

      Please base opinions on solid facts, not on conjecture that supports an existing belief system.

      Are you afraid that facts might disagree with your belief system?

      • MER says:

        How can you “base an opinion on a solid fact”? Just asking! A fact is a fact an opinion is an opinion, total conflict hun.

        • The Philosopher is In says:

          An opinion is a mental state – that is to say a belief about something (irrespective of whether or not it accurately tracks the actual universe).

          A fact is a truth about the universe, which is independent of whether anyone believes it or not (the fact does not change just because no one knows it).

          BUT an opinion can be based on a factabout the universe, usually (hopefully) connected by “justification”. Try this:

          Fact: The earth is round(ish).
          Belief: I believe the earth is round.
          [note the lack of connection so far]
          Justification: I believe the earth is round because I have flown around it and have seen that is it round(ish).
          [There’s that connection]

          So you see, sensory inputs connect beliefs to facts in a very useful way.

          Eyeballs… good for more than pointing at chicks.

          • Anonymous says:

            “Eyeballs… good for more than pointing at chicks.”

            Eyeballs look…
            Fingers point!

            • The Philosopher is In says:

              So if you want to look at something behind you, do you point your finger at it or your eyeballs?

              How about cameras?  Do you point the camera at the object and hope your eyeballs are in the right place, or do you point your eyeballs at the camera too?

              PS – I know what you did with YOUR finger…

    • Anonymous says:

       It’s a big world man, pack it up pack it in, let me begin, you can move away and be safe again.

    • Truthseeker says:

      “It was a headshot for sure”

      At night. presumably using a short barreled handgun, I would hazard a guess that the target was the center of the bodymass, (assuming the shooter had a clue). Last I checked, necks are between the head and the chest.

      Denny?

      • Dennie Warren Jr. says:

        While the writer above appears to be certain of the shooter’s intentions, there are a number of variables which allow for other views, but you could be correct, because the smaller the target the greater chance of missing the intended target.