Arrest made for West Bay shooting

| 17/07/2008

In a Royal Cayman Islands police Service (RCIPS) release Tuesday,
detectives investigating the murder of Jefferson said the gunman had
two firearms. Confirming that the post mortem on the 23-year-old from
West Bay had shown he was shot three times, they said they were now
following a number of leads.

“At this point, based on the evidence we have so far, it would appear
we are looking for a single gunman who was armed with two firearms,”
said Superintendent Marlon Bodden, who is overseeing the
investigation. “Whether he was assisted by others is yet to be
determined. This is still early days. We are in the process of
collecting statements and gathering and examining the evidence.”

Police arrived within minutes after they were called to Birch
Tree Hill Road around midnight on Friday, July 11,  about
the shooting outside Kelly’s bar, where Jefferson’s body was
discovered lying on the ground and where a second man received two
bullet wounds, one to each arm. This victim has undergone surgery for
his injuries and remains in hospital at this time.

“Witnesses have told us the gunman walked into the road from the
direction of the laundromat and made off over a fence behind Kelly’s
bar,” said Supt Bodden. “I appeal for anyone who saw the gunman
before, during or after the attack to contact the Major Incident Room
in West Bay on 949-3999. If you would prefer, you could call Crime
Stoppers on 800-8477.”

Police are mindful that the attacker was seen leaving on foot but
could have got into a car or onto a bike so are appealing for any
sightings of someone leaving the scene after the incident. “We need to
speak to anyone with information, no matter how small,” added Supt
Bodden. “Even if it seems insignificant, it could help with our
enquiries.”

CID also thanked the public for their cooperation and hoped it would
continue. Anyone with information about crime taking place in the
Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime
Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers remain
anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their
information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

 

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