Shots fired during carnival

| 04/05/2014

(CNS):Police arrested one man after shots were fired at around 7pm Saturday night in George Town in the heart of the Batabano Carnival. A spokesperson for the RCIPS said no one was injured when the gun was fired but a report to the 911 indicated the weapon had been discharged in an area that was crowded with people enjoying the festivities. The RCIPS is appealing for witnesses to the incident, which occurred around Edward Street and Dr Roys Drive. Meanwhile, as a result of an increase in crime in the area, police held a focused patrol and a roadblock in Shedden Road around the Nevlaw building in central George Town in the early hours of Sunday morning, where they stopped drivers for traffic offences and undertook stop and searches relating to the drugs law.

Between midnight and 2am uniformed officers carried out road checks, where several drivers were breath tested and one person arrested for DUI. A number of people were issued tickets for other traffic offences and an undisclosed number of people were searched for drugs.

“These focused patrols will continue as we have been receiving a few reports of street robberies and thefts in that area,” said District Commander Chief Inspector Angelique Howell. She also issued a warning to people attending illegal sessions in the area to be more concerned about their personal safety, as several have been robbed coming to and from the events. She said the police can't be everywhere all of the time to protect every potential victim.

Anyone who may have information on crime taking place in this area or who may have witnessed the discharging of the firearm or have informaiton on the street crimes is being asked to contact any of the police stations the RCIP hotline at 9497777 or or Crimestoppers at 800(TIPS) 8477.

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  1. TCM29 says:

    Never return- glad I survived during my past visits years ago. Only a fool would risk spending their vacation around such savage behavior.

    • Anonymous says:

      and I suppose where you are from there is no crime right? Sure. You probably think we live in huts, don't drive cars, and can dive under the island too right? SMH. What a dumb comment.

  2. Anonymous says:

    My last batabano was in 1995, my lasat year in the RCIPS, this was when a young man was murdered behind the church.

    Since then I refused to attend this event and I will never do so as there is always a chance in something going wrong.

    I know for a fact as the chief insp has pointed out that the police cant be everywhere, well they were at this event in force, and it still didnt stop some young punk using a firearm in public. Goes to show you what these guys think of our laws. They have no respect for families, whether it be visitor, permit holder, or Caymanian, they dont give a sh… in fact if thier baby mother was killed they would go find another girl to get pregnant and forget about the other child..

    I have unfortunately no solutions for this..


    • Anonymous says:

      Solution..ban the silly parade of mindless crutch thrusting noise.

    • Anonymous says:

      There are solutions. Abortion, education, enforcement of laws are some of them. All Govt. Has to do is face reality.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I also saw a defaced Cayman Flag in the parade. Is it not illegal to deface the flag?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I was on the island when that young boy got shot in West Bay and the whole island was shocked and saddened. What do you think may happen when a bullet goes off during a carnival at 7PM where families areout celebrating? A bullet shot off into the air must come down! 

  5. Anonymous says:

    If I were a tourist, I would not come back.

    The police should pick all known gang members and prosecute them.


    • Anonymous says:

      The Police knowwhere these criminals seek shelter and consume or sell drugs and other contraband. It's a stone's throw away from the commercial area of George Town. ROCK HOLE RD, DIAZ LANE, BODDEN RD, SCHOOL RD are filled with these vermin. Weapons are there! Go Get them!

      • Anonymous says:

        You speak of what you know not, the guns on this island are not concentrated in the George Town, areas of Rock Hole, (Diaz Lane ?? should be Diaz Avenue is Rock Hole as far as I know so it's evident that you know nothing of GT Central), Bodden Road and School Road.  I know of no Caymanian gun owners in those areas, maybe because of the names of these places you assume should I say you have a predisposition that there are criminal elements residing there.   I am sure there are more guns in your neighbourhood than there are in all these areas combined.

      • MEM says:

        I wish Dart would buy out Dog City, 'Central', and Banana Walk and build some $h!t on it, that would sort that situation out…

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah, that's gonna happen. 

      • Anonymous says:

        Those areas are controled by bosses that know what happens there and those places are actually safe

  6. Anonymous says:

    People come on now this kind of action has to stop immediately, this is not what Caymanians are all about.  This kind of action needs to and must stop.  Young men and women we need to stop this type of behaviour in our communities.  We have never created or lived in garrison areas please don't start now.  These communites were safe, I remember prior to (especially) and after Ivan walking those areas in the early morning and late and night without fear and no one would have looked or said anything to you except good morning or hi, we need to return to this.  I grew up a short distance from Shedden Road and it was a beautiful community in George Town that was very family oriented and people were just closely connected.  By God what has happened here? please let us end this type of behaviour once and for all.  Just let us return to what once made us great people and it was not the gun, please I am pleading with you people turn from this kind of behaviour and let us remember the motto of CIHS "HOLD FAST TO THAT WHICH IS GOOD".  Let us return to the God of our fathers seek his help ask for his guidance and wisdom and together we must work to fix all that is wrong in our country beginning in our little area first, where ever that might be.

    • Anonymous says:

      Funny I have spoken to people (ex-pats) who were here during Ivan and they told me there was widespread looting and those who were in rented accommodation had their rents increased substantially,to the point where two different families had to pack up and leave.

      I think you have rose coloured glasses on.

      • Anonymous says:

        You were not here during Ivan, so dump you hear say where it beongs.  Any looting that I saw were carried out by expats and I can empathically say it because I saw expats looting after the storm.  Caymanians were too distraught to see the devastation and what had happened in our island.  Our primary concerns we for our love ones and the well being of everyone not material things. As for the rent increased that happen, its called supply and demand and it happens anywhere in the world. As for the two different families that had to pack up and leave those two were replaced by atleast 2,000 one of them being you.

        As for rose coloured glasses the only time that Caymanians put them on were when they let you in on our shore, had we been without them we would not have let you past immigration.

        • Anonymous says:

          I was a Caymanian looter.

          • anonymous says:

            I didn't loot. I just stole the destroyed belongings from my neighbour after the insurance guy assessed them and added them to my own pile to fraudulently claim more.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes there was some looting as the storm abated and a few subsequent break-in's. But not widespread.

        I personally know of an elderly lady who left a jewelry case on her porch railing after returning to her damaged house to retrieve things following Ivan. This was in an upmarket residential area where one would expect 'looters' to frequent. The case sat on the railing for well over 24 hours before it was retrieved. No one touched it.

      • Anonymous says:

        I was actually here during and after Ivan – and I saw a lot of looting and profiteering – usually not by Caymanians.

      • Anonymous says:

        My ware house rent doubled. God bless em. 

  7. Anonymous says:

    Batabano, a great time of year to visit Miami.

  8. Anonymous says:

    “Little kids” shouldn’t have access to guns! Only the immature do stupidness like this.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Good job for once the police are listening to the public, curfew and search these people and their vehicles.   Pull them down every night and day.  Let them stay home instead of out causing problems to good citizens.

    Who the hell they think hey are ayway to be shooting off guns in public placees.  This must stop, and an aggssive approach has to be take by the police.

  10. ánonymous says:

    Sad. This is what happens when all of the good local officers who feel unappreciated leaves. Mr. Baines is a good strategist for enduring tenur; however not very good at Policing strategy. Smiles a lot but he needs to go; give Ennis or Walton the nod!

    • Anonymous says:

      The stories I've heard about the 'good local officers' had to do with them selling weed while on duty. Just sayin. 

  11. And Another Ting says:

    Well well ,  I guess thatSouth Easterly wind got em going eh. Well ihope theyall don't just congregate in one area. Seriously thoughcongratsto the shift command.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Chief Inspector Angelique Howell warned people "to be more concerned about their personal safety as she said the police can't be everywhere all of the time to protect every potential victim."


    This is exactly why law abiding citizens should be allowed to have guns for self defense once they have had the requisite training and certification. 

  13. Anonymous says:

    Send him and his whole family home…

  14. Anonymous says:

    We never had to deal with all this crime before Bush arranged for all those status grants, all he did was import criminals into our peacefull island..

    • Anonymous says:

      Long before the "status grants", there were regular machete and cow-cod fights in parking lots and domino parlors, with stabbings and lacerations every weekend.  All the has changed are the names of the street gangs, their leadership and the goods they peddle.  Deny it all you want: the criminal DNA is nothing new and stems from generations of violent homegrown family surnames – confirmed by the court dockets and residents of Northward.

      • Anonymous says:

        How do we deal with the thugs and scumbags?  Eradicate, eliminate and castrate.

      • Anonymous says:

        Quite right, 9:18, and you don't have to be a "Rockett" scientist to know the truth of what you are saying.

    • Anonymous says:

      Criminals and social service clients.

  15. Anonymous says:

    In the heart of George Town, during Carnival. At 7PM, no less! Thank God I never went to that debauchery!

    • Anonymous says:

      You'd change your tune I'd you see all those lovely young lass' simulating sex in their hot pants. Ya man!

  16. Anonymous says:

    What sort of total scumbag brings a gun to a carnival?

  17. Caymanian Donkey says:

    What else do you expect from a bunch of Donkeys!!!!! this is the Caribbean way, fire a shot off in a session!!!! thats what Donkeys do!!!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Chickens coming home to roost, results of the 2003 mass status grants, Yogi Bear said you ain't seen nothing yet. Government had better start fingerprinting and doing background check with FBI and Interpool, beaware of the deportees and undesirables from all over the world.  I have seen the deceptions of criminals from all over the world that will make our worst home grown criminals seem like alter boys.  You need to go on UK Border Control and Australia Border Control on Youtube and you will have lots to see before you come on here posting, go clean out your own rat hole.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yogi Berra said that. Yogi Bear said "hey-hey-hey-hey Boo-Boo".

        • Anonymous says:

          Nope, Yogi Berra did not say that.  He said "In baseball you don't know nothing".  Al Jolson said "You ain't heard nothing yet".  Al Jolson was neither a cartoon bear or a baseball player.

  18. De People dem says:

    I feel sorry for the shooter. He has been driven to this extreme action because some wicked foreigner has stolen his job and left him starving. Yeah. That must be why.



    • Anonymous says:

      Keep it up and it will soon become reality,  you won't find it so funny then.  My only hope is that our people see through you and people like you and have the will power to take control like the Bahamians did to people with your attitude in 1970s. 

      • anonymous says:

        They have never worked that hard for anything.

      • Anonymous says:

        The Bahamas sucks otherwise i would be there

      • anonymous says:

        You are welcome to have a go if you think you can manage it. Have you seen the crime rate in the Bahamas? You better develop even more of a third world outlook if you want to survive in that environment.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Oh come on, Cayman (thugs)!!

    This is one festival that I have always looked forward to attending and have been disappointed that it falls in May where I can not. PLEASE, please, please….start thinking! Your island is one that I treasure. One that I travel to as a safe destination! I have spent many dollars, many hours and have many memories of holidays spent on your beautiful island. STOP with the guns, the muggings and all the other silly non-sense that may drive me away! Each time I read these articles it is just one more "hesitation" put in my mind that questions if I should travel there.

    And, yes, there is crime where I live, but, I know where that is and I avoid it like the plague. I do not know the "players" on your island. I do not want to have to "wonder" or find myself in a dangerous situation while on holiday. I go on holiday to relax and get away and always found  peaceon your beautiful island.

  20. Anonymous says:

    It's a shame it's now to dangerous to attend carnival now.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Always happy to read about the Traffic Law of 2011 being enforced.  More please!