Cayman recorded its first murder of 2016 this morning (Saturday 1 October) after a West Bay man was gunned down while walking near Seven Mile shops.
The dead man has been identified as Justin Manderson, 24.
Police reports state that around 1:48 am, 911 received a call of shots been fired along West Bay Road and that a man was laying on the sidewalk near the exit of the 7 Mile Shops.
Police and Emergency Units responded to the scene and found the man non responsive.
First Aid and CPR were administered at the scene, however Mr. Manderson succumbed to his injuries at the Cayman Islands hospital. He was pronounced dead at 3:33 am.
Police have stepped up patrols in the area in the event of any reprisal actions following the shooting.
Mr Manderson was charged last July of the murder of Victor Oliver Yates, 22, who was gunned down on 3 January. However, the Director of Public Prosecutions elected to not move forward with the trial and he was released.
A suspect has been identified in the murder. Police are searching a light-skinned man, with hair pulled back into a pony tail. He was clad in a light blue jean shorts and was seen leaving the scene following the shooting.
No other people were injured in the incident. George Town Criminal Investigation Department is continuing investigations.
Meanwhile Opposition Leader Hon. McKeeva Bush has expressed concern following the murder, as well as, a hope that there will be no further violence in the wake of Mr Manderson’s murder.
“We must be very concerned because these things, one tends to lead to another and certainly I am concerned. We ask people to understand that there are people who are grieving, and don’t let another one grieve. I would hope that there’s not going to be any kind of retaliation,” Mr. Bush told Cayman 27.
He also urged the community to remember a life has been lost.
“Firstly a mother and a father has lost a son and so, the Community has to grieve with them, mourn with them, their loss,” Mr Bush said.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the George Town CID at 949-4222 or to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-8477 (TIPS) or online at https:// www.tipsubmit.com