Residents of the Scranton and central areas of George Town met last night to voice their concerns after a man was shot dead Monday in broad daylight.
Cayman 27’s Philipp Richter was at the meeting and spoke with some of those in attendance.
“I am hoping and I am praying that this will be the last of this whole thing you know and the police can resolve it,” said Community Leader, Dale Ramoon.
Last night in Scranton, Mr Dale Ramoon spoke to his colleagues about the recent murder of 34-year old Damean Seymour, gunned down monday morning.
“We feel it in our community because it happened here and it has put a damper and a blackness on our backside on our community again,” said Mr Ramoon.
Crime is nothing new to this area. While one neighbour described Mr. Seymour as having been influenced from an early age by gangs, Mr. Ramoon believes people who move into the community also bring negativity, “A lot of people from the outside come in and integrate and to cause some of the illegal activities and so forth.”
Sociologist Dr. Frank McField says he worries about the tit-for-tat nature of these types of crimes.
“What is disturbing to me is that every young person that is shot that means that another young person is going to be shot as retaliation,” said Dr. McField.
A victim of gun violence himself says gang violence cannot be a quick fix
He continued, “We’re not really fixing the problem because we think we fixed it by taking one off the street but the next week or the next month, a child comes to replace that one we’ve imprisoned.”
Local councillors in the past have said young men struggle to prove their masculinity.
In a gang environment, violent acts are recognized and feared by the community, which to them is positive.
“We need to be able to get these young kids to experience being macho in a completely different kind of environment besides a gang,” said Dr. Frank McField.
Dr. McField suggests more training intervention programmes should be put in place to occupy the youths
“This is a problem that took at least, I observed it for forty years, so you’re not going to just solve it just tomorrow.” Said Dr. McField.
He hopes preventative measures will keep communities at peace.
Police yesterday said their suspect in the killing is a male between 5-foot-seven and six-feet tall.
With a slim build and fair complexion.
He was wearing a long-sleeved white shirt and dark pants at the time of the shooting… And ran toward tigris street afterward.
Detectives are appealing to anyone with any information to call them at 949-4222… Or on the r-c-I-p-s confidential tip line at 949-7777.