Dr Frank McField shot

| 01/12/2011

Frank mcfield.jpg(CNS): Update Thursday 2:50pm — The former UDP minister and George Town MLA, Dr Frank McField, who was shot in the leg this morning, has not yet revealed how he sustained his injuries to investigating officers. An RCIPS spokesperson stated that the circumstances surrounding the incident are still unclear. Police are, however, looking for the person driving a black car that dropped McField at the hospital at around 6am on Thursday, 1 December. Police believe that the car may have been a Toyota Supra and are appealing for the driver or anyone who saw that car in the area to come forward. It is still not known where the shooting occurred but sources tell CNS that McField's car was found in the Scranton area of George Town.

Detectives have confirmed that they have been interviewing the victim since his admission to hospital but “at this stage the circumstances around what happened, and where, are not clear,” the spokesperson added.

Officers are appealing for anyone who has information which could assist them in establishing what took place to contact them. They are asking anyone who may have heard a gun being discharged or who may have seen any suspicious activity to contact George Town police station on 949-4222, the RCIPS tip-line on 949-7777 or Crime Stoppers 800-8477 (TIPS).

McField was the former Cabinet minister for Community Development, Youth, Sports and Gender Affairs in the UDP administration from the 2001 coup until the election in 2005. He lost his George town seat in that election, and efforts to regain the seat in 2009 were unsuccessful.

McField remains an outspoken advocate for the socially excluded and was until just a few weeks ago presenting a UDP-backed radio talk show about community issues. The show, which was aired on Radio Cayman but paid for by the premier, was abruptly taken off air recently without explanation.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I smell fry fish.

  2. Douglas says:

    As the former RCIP officer that had the "pleasure" of dealing with Dr Frank, and convicting him of all of the charges I had laid against him in a court of law,  I can say for certain that this was not a random event! I ask what a former Government Minister is doing in such areas late night, but I know!!  and since I see how Dr Frank tends to speak and deal with people once he has been out for the night, I must say I am not surprised at the outcome!

  3. Anonymous says:

    It has been posted many times before and in response to many different articles on this forum, but it is worth repeating.  Cayman (Caymanians and legal residents alike) STOP the denial.  This is so absurd.  Wisen up!  Didn’t you hear the adage, if it walks like a duck…

    We do this with regards to everything:

    • We refuse to acknowledge the corruption in our political system,
    • We  refuse to accept the very likely scenario surrounding the CB plane crash just recently, and
    • now many of you appear happy to believe that this man who was shot in the leg was out and about at those hours of the morning handing out gospel tracks – because that is so consistent with his track record  **rolls eyes**.

    This island will regret its continued denial one day.  Reminds me of the Island's history of denying the existence of a gang culture.  Under Truman's watch – there were no gangs, then under another administration they were "groups" and it wasn't until they were dropping dead every other night that we had to admit there were gangs.

     

    The only thing that can come from denial (barring a miracle) is the continued deterioration of our society.  I would rather that we became consumed with a righteous anger at these situations, confronted them together as a people and demanded change, but this too would probably also require a miracle **rolls eyes**

     

    I will end all of my postings from now on with this message for the Premier:

     

    "Thine own ego shall become the noose about thy neck and thine arrogance shall orchestrate thy downfall"  ME | 2011

    • Anonymous says:

      Poster 08:18 Sat 12/3/11 you are so right arrogance and ignorance will be the downfall of many on this island politically and otherwise if they do not see the err of their ways just like in the TCI.  It is really amazing just how many examples we in Cayman have to stop and get it right but just refuse to.  I plead with all Caymanians to stop the denials before it's too late.  It is time for us to tell those in charge to stop the arrogance before we become like TCI.  Just look where arrogance and ignorance got them, please people go to fptci.com and read all about it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    It seems you dont understand how those things work those kind of people when they are asked questions they cant RECALL ask former Prime minister of Jamaica Bruce Golding and his Security Minister Dwight Nelson    about the Dudus affair  all you would hear is I CANT RECALL

  5. Anonymous says:

    No , they can't even find a black Jeep Compass that was used to Rob a bank

  6. Anonymous says:

    These situations usually result from

    Sex

    Money

    Drugs

    Alcohol

    Sadly now,…… given our country's romance with Jamaica, we can add

    Politics.

  7. Anonymous says:

    the key has turned on pandoras box, now who will open the lid.

  8. Anonymous says:

    You know this vitriolic diatribe against Dr. McField is disgusting. You all, hiding behind a veil of anonymity while a Caymanian was shot. No matter the circumstances.

    In Jamaica in the period of 1970 to 1975 when the news carried that there were shootings in Trench Town, no one cared also. Some said let them kill each other. By 1978 they were shooting people in Cherry Gardens, Jacks Hill and Mandeville. Then everyone said- "oh my, I know this lovely person who got shot last night, my cousin,….my brother,….. my friend"–it was too late then. Violence and the gun culture had spread throughout Jamaica and they have not gone back to civility ever since.

    I see this happening here in Cayman, day by day. You should also. It will soon be your cousin or sister or brother that is shot in the leg and I am sure you will not hit the "thumbs up" button then.

    Caymanians, this is just not correct. Find something productive to do. Do not contribute to your country sliding to become another Jamaica. More importantly, do not make jokes about Dr Frank getting shot no matter what you think of the man. It is not funny and it only contributes to Cayman's slide into chaos. It is you that may be next on the front page of the Compass in your PJs, if you get that lucky.

    • Anonymous says:

      It is obvious that as you look down the comments for this thread that there are a lot of connections with Jamaicans. And I am not saying Jamaicans commited the crime. Whoever did it did it. However for a long time there has been this attitude against Jamaicans and linking them with crime and yet just a few days back we note that Honduras is now listed as the murder capital of the world. So dont take your eyes off that side as well.

      We need to be vigilant in checks concerning all expats but also as you say we need to make sure that Caymanian kids themselves dont go down these roads of life.

      • Anonymous says:

        We have a visa for Hondurans for all ages. Of course no one screamed that it was racist and that we were blaming them for all the crime.

    • Anonymous says:

      This is the very reason our no brain PREMIER should not be taking lessons from the leaders of that country.   What smells bad, taste bad, so one should avoid the contaminated/spoiled goods. 

  9. Anonymous says:

    I Gots Abneeeeeeeesha . I don't Rememba

  10. Anonymous says:

    I wonder when the police will shut down that house that opens every night ? I guess it will happen when someone gets shot and killed. Stop your corruption RCIP and enforce the law!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Please. What was he doing that he can't remember? Or was he told to forget?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Where there is smoke there is fire.

    Something stinks here.

    Why would a person be in a location where people feel the need to have firearms.

    There is more to it, than we know, or we will ever know.

    It it is even possible he shot himself in the leg. Which is easy to determine, based on the angle  and location of the bullit. In addition to residues on his hands.

    But i am sure we will never hear about it. They can't even find 1 of the 2 black supra's on this island.

     

  13. Anonymous says:

    Maybe it was one of the Cuban construction workers he brought over and exploited for years, good man for the people what a load of rubbish.

  14. cindy webster says:

    Wow Dr. Frank – set a good example by stating what happened – this mentality is what is wrong with Cayman !!!!!!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    This is simple – someone who was shot and doesn't want to talk is obstructing an investigation and aiding a criminal. Please charge him accordingly!

    • Anonymous says:

      And the next minute the politians will be blaming the RCIPS for not catching the gunman!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Dr. McField is a smart man who has, over many years, consistently published articulate articles on the root causes of some of Cayman's underlying problems. He is a person who, like Roy Bodden, looks for real and long term solutions to many of Cayman's ills whose root causes are deeply cultural.

     

    Dr. McField's thoughts and ideas are valuable to Cayman. They must be seriously considered even if you do not wholly agree with them.

     

    The shooting? It is sad that Dr. McField must endure this physical and emotionly painful situation. I wish him a speedy recovery.

     

    His non-cooperation with the police? This is not surprising given Dr. McField's views on the mistrust between the Cayman people and their ruling institutions. The mistrust is one of the root causes that Dr. McField speaks to in his writings.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Oh my goodness, what is Cayman coming to?

  18. Anonymous says:

    Dont we like to put one another down? Whats the big thing about Dr Frank, or is it the colour of the man? Dr Frank did alot for the people in the communities.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Black Supra? There's only one or  two of those here at best. Even Daves' dimwits could find those.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I have no inside knowledge of Dr Frank's gunshot wound but the circumstances of being fropped off at the hospital by someone who then left without waiting leads me to suspect that there was some criminality involved.

    Dr Frank's comment ," better to be shot in the leg than the head" or words to that effect and then having no memory of the events lead me to suspect that he was giving a shot to the leg as a warning, about what I have no idea but it is something serious.

    Until and unless Dr Frank makes some statement that makes sense and identifies the driver and others involved such as the gun and its owner these questions will remain unanswered.

    Dr Frank escaped this time hopefully he will do the right thing.

  21. analyzer says:

    hmmm……I wonder what would have caused someone to be angered to this degree that would lead them to commit such a serious and dangerous act??

    • Anonymous says:

      It does not matter what was the cause, violence is never excusable – no one has the right to physically harm someone else, no matter what the cause.

  22. Letsby Avenue says:

    Any community minded citizen would co-operate 100% with the police.  Let us remember that this man has been convicted of abusing police officers when they were trying to deal with a fatal accident and from the evidence to him his journey home and political comments at the police were more important than trying to help the victim.

  23. Anonymous says:

    The parrot did it . But don't worry ,Steve will get the parrot off on the old "Sacred Missle" defense

  24. Anonymous says:

    Is this anything to do with all those letters he keeps writing to the papers? I was beginning to wonder if the newspaper had him as staff….

  25. Caymanian says:

    I am sorry to hear such bad news about Dr. Frank Mcfield. A gun shot wound can become fatal. Anything could happen like blood poisoning, blood clot, and perhaps he could have been shot somewhere that would have been life-threatening. I have read some of the comments here, and I have to say, if it was you who was shot in your leg, would you be laughing right now?  I hope Frank gets well and recover from his injury. People, let us remember what is "human dignity" even to those people you don't like.

  26. Whodatis says:

    Re:

    • "Submitted by MR D.Ebanks (not verified) on Thu, 12/01/2011 – 16:14. A bunch of uneducated people laughing and making fun,Because it is something to laugh about.No wonder people always and will always say cayman people are foolish."
    • "Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 12/01/2011 – 15:42. Mentality of Cayman people posting comments here is frightening."

    I too am appalled by some of the posts on this particular story – however, one may be incorrect to assume that the majority of these comments are being posted by Caymanians.

    Granted, we fuss and fight amongst ourselves at certain times like any other group of people, however there is a certain essence within many of these comments that strikes me as very unfamiliar.

    There are certain 'things' that simply do not fit within my / our Caymanian culture. Some may disagree but, as usual, I am simply calling it the way I see it.

    In any event I am happy that CNS has allowed them to be displayed – very telling indeed.

     

    • Anonymous says:

      Who says that most of the comments here are posted by Caymanians. Whodatis,one thing I don't like about you here, you assume and speculate too much!  Speak what you know!

      • Whodatis says:

        Poster,

        I think you may have completely misunderstood my initial comment as your reply seems out of place.

        However there is an equal chance that I am simply misunderstanding you.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh dear Jesus, Whodatis, yes it is the brutal Chagos islanders-repressing  English that are doing all this negative posting about poor Frank. Yawn. You really are something else. Like it or not, Dr Frank has a "reputation" AMONG CAYMANIANS going back many many years, before you were an adult (if you are who I think you are). I happen to think he has on occasions spoken brilliantly about the problems in Cayman (he has NOT acted brilliantly but that is a different question) but everyone knows he has his "different and difficult" moments.

      As to who you are, it doesn't really matter but your comments fit very well with the attitudes I hear on a daily basis from discontented and not very high performing Caymanians who think they should be "higher up' in their employment because….well……….they are Caymanian. XXXX

      • Whodatis says:

        :o)

        Well, one thing is for certain – you have no idea who I am.

        As for the rest of your rant … geesh!? Calm down buddy – mind you blow a gasket.

        (You live for my posts don't you? Admit it.)

        Lol!

    • Allaunukangwaan says:

      "In any event I am happy that CNS has allowed them to be displayed – very telling indeed."

      Please do explain, not the displayed part, the "very telling" part .
       

    • Whodatis says:

      Clarification:

      My initial post was not regarding the forwarded assumptions, history or character of Dr. Frank McField – I could not care less about such things at this point – nor were my words meant to be in defense of him.

      Instead I was addressing the callous reaction to and mockery of the shooting of a named and known person (as opposed to the usual anonymous victim) that had every chance of killing the individual in question.

      Obviously many won't give a rat's a$$ what my true intentions were at this point but I thought I would address the issue anyway.

      In any event, as usual, I stand by my initial post.

      (A few individuals that have caused me actual physical harm in my lifetime have met negative circumstances and or brutal and murderous fates, however never once did I mock or rejoice in their demise. This is one simple moral that I and everyone within my circle was raised to respect and adhere to … hence my earlier post.)

    • Anonymous says:

      Boo hoo…  Stop being appalled – look who this article is about and you ought to have a pretty good clue as to why Caymanians and expats alike are writing the things that they are writing…  In my world 2 + 2 = 4; not sure if it's the same in yours, but think lad, think!

  27. MR D.Ebanks says:

    A bunch of uneducated people laughing and making fun,Because it is something to laugh about.No wonder people always and will always say cayman people are foolish.

  28. Anonymous says:

    wow look at all those Comments, you guys are so much better off, and really love the Cayman Islands so much. when anyone speaks out about issues or act more intellectual plus being black its a problem for most in Cayman, a life is a life, I myself are not sure of why he got shot, so it would be rude of me to comment.

    but I would say when crime is on a high most of you run for cover and then write about the love for Cayman, like how Doc would say time is longer then rope. 

    • Anonymous says:

      for all you know he shot himself, but either way it sounds like bizarro world

  29. Anonymous says:

    How tall is Dr. McField?

  30. Anonymous says:

    Is this the same gentleman who was featured in this story –

    http://centos6-httpd22-php56-mysql55.installer.magneticone.com/o_belozerov/31115drupal622/local-news/2009/07/04/dr-frank-abandons-appeal-against-conviction

    And RCIPS I think you will find that the hospital has fairly good CCTV coverage, don't let anyone erase the recordings.

  31. Anonymous says:

    So if a person refuses to give info and or cannot recall what happened to them, either must be on drugs, protecting someone, or inflicted the injury on themselves.

    In this matter as far as I’m concerned if the victim doesn’t give any info, the police should take all the clothing, check it for gun residue, get the bullet and then charge the victim for procession of a fire arm and discharging a firearm, I’m pretty sure this would be the case if it was a normal member of the public.

    • Anonymous says:

      Wait and see if Frank applies for a firearm certificate retrospectively!

  32. Anonymous says:

    I am shocked to read the comments posted. People of this country have total disregard to the value of the human life. What a bunch of mean spirited, blood thirsty  people.

    So much hate and intolerance.

     

    Why CNS will allow these posts?

    • Anonymous says:

      The first comment CNS would edit out according to your stated wishes would be yours, which is quite offensive to Caymanians, and shows that you have no knowledge of recent Cayman history. I think readers' comments are quite mild in relation to what they might have been, and some, which make veiled references, are quite witty, in my opinion.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oi….anonymous 15.37 Thursday Dec 1

      Have you stopped to consider that we know this man and know much more about him than the average poster on here who only know him through his public face and image…and even that takes a huge grain of salt to give him any respect for.

      This has nothing to do with politics…only the mindless puppets from George Town'sCentral area ever voted for Frank McField and even them have learned their lesson.

      Respect is earned, not bought and Frank McField lost any little that he did have, a long time ago….and yes….time longa dan rope…as Frank McField is now finding out.

      A proper criminal investigation into how, where and why Frank McField has been shot will reveal much more about your good Dr. Frank than you would ever have believed but that some of us already know only too well….

      I'll leave the rest for the investigation to say.

       

       

    • Just Commentin' says:

      No, no, noooo! It's the value of a human leg we are dissing, so far anyway. Dr. Frank did not get hit in the a$$ so it was not a potentially fatal brain injury we're commentin' about.

  33. KK says:

    He couldnt even tell whether it was a Bracker or not who face he spit in sometime ago when a Officer stop him much less this probably, Poor ole sole, may he recover soon

  34. Anonymous says:

    Sorry.  All I feel is schadenfreude.

  35. Anon says:

    This is enough to make anybody start talking to their parrot!

  36. Knot S Smart says:

    Poor Frank!

    He shot himself in the foot a few weeks back by speaking out about the housing project.

    Then he lost the spin-doctor-for-mac radio job.

    Now he has either shot himself in the leg or been shot by somebody else.

    We dont know how, or where, or who, or why.

    Poor Frank is having a tough year…

     

     

  37. Anonymouse says:

    You can't vouch for Dr.Frank after hours; is a little like Heckle and Jeckle and he could use some of the psycology he learned on himself. JUST SAYING….. Maybe a comeback rush from the past.

  38. Jacky boatside from old bush says:

    Doctor Frank"s quest to be relevant has therefore now put him in direct conflict with the new reality on the streets of Cayman. But i tell you what ya can't go round ya disrespecting our grand Premier either.

  39. Anonymous says:

    A former GT MLA and Minister was once known for walking aroundwith a parrot on his shoulder like a Pirate. Maybe he is now trying to go for a peg leg to match!!

    • Anonymous says:

      All you laughing to 13:28 comment. Have you heard the saying, he who laugh last laugh best.

      Be careful you mortal ones.

  40. Anonymous says:

    ready, fire, aim!

    • turtle foo young says:

      Like I said…..coming soon to a 3rd world dictatorship near you……….heads in fridges!

  41. Streetskillz says:

    Some ex politician's desperate attempt to stay relevant by manipulating certain very dangerous or criminal elements of society in most cases ends in some very dire consequences. Those days have past and some should stick to collecting their pensions and not remind persons of their squandered opportunies that would have made them and icon of society by their actions and not by now seeking recognition by having relevant conversations on talk shows. Some people need to leave well enough alone.

     

    • Anonymous says:

      Some ex politician's desperate attempt to stay relevant by manipulating certain very dangerous or criminal elements of society in most cases ends in some very dire consequences.

       

      I couldn't have said this better myself…given the personal confrontation between him and my self at a lounge on the W. Bay road on the night of the 15th of Sept, 2006…just before he drove up to a police roadblock in Bodden Town and had the police kick his face in for abusing them.

      Anyone who takes Frank McField as their role model needs their heads examined…or falls into the category of those very criminal and dangerous elements of Cayman's society you've referred to.

       

  42. Anonymous says:

    "There are no details at this stage of how the George Town man received his injury."

     

    Just a wild guess, but I reckon it was caused by a bullet fired from a gun.

     

    • The Governator says:

      Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you our latest and most qualified candidate for the Commissioner of Police – the only investigator in the Cayman Islands who could solve the mystery of the hole in the doctor’s leg.

  43. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if he was aiming at his foot?

  44. Anonymous says:

    If this person is a former MLA and Minister, perhaps crime will be properly addressed going forward.

  45. Afraid to Strap on a Pair Also says:

    I'm guessing that we're waiting for 'some version of the truth.'

  46. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like that guy is at it again: "Sumting Wong"

  47. Anonymous says:

    Oh My!  Curious to learn how that happened?

  48. Anonymous says:

    Dr. McField’s position as a talk show host on Radio Cayman didn’t last very long I must say. I wonder why? I thought he was a UDP party member and supporter but he speaks his mind and Big Mac don’t like that….I didn’t think it would last……under that umbrella.

    I also heard Dr. Mcfield, on Cayman Crosstalk talking about the crazy decision making of this government,.
    I’m still very curious as to why Dr. McField can’t say how or where he was shot. Hope this is not Jamaican politics – & retribution.

    As someone in the compass stated, maybe Off Shore Alert can get some answers for us oops!

  49. SMB says:

    Apparently "he could not immediately specify where the incident had happened or how he came to be shot."

    Frank seems to have a history of shooting himself in the foot.

    Fess up Frank, just what were you doing down in Palm Dale in the early hours this morning, come clean with the public, tell us the truth?

  50. Bring on the banjoes says:

    Man , you just can’t get better entertainment than watching the Cayman Islands in action.

  51. Knot S Smart says:

    Oh Dear!