One man remains in serious, but stable condition following a weekend shooting.
The incident happened Friday (12 October) night near Welly’s Cool Spot in Sound Way. Details on the circumstances of the shooting have not been released.
George Town Central MLA, Kenneth Bryan, is upset about the shooting, which falls in his constituency.
“The person who was shot is a dear friend of mine. So it’s a pretty sad situation for me. And on behalf of people in the constituency, they are worried. Crime continues to be an issue,” said Mr. Bryan.
The shooting occurred Friday evening on Sound Way in George Town. Police are yet to release details on the shooting. However, they say they are searching for two suspects who escaped the location on foot.
Several residents also preferred not to appear on camera, when Cayman 27 went to the area on Monday. However, they said they were concerned about the shooting occurring so close to their homes.
Mr. Bryan took both the media and MLA colleagues to task for seeming to pinpoint his constituency as a hotbed of crime.
“It’s important to me that there doesn’t seem to be a repetition of reporting of crime in George Town Central. Crime happens every in the Cayman Islands and it seems to me I am the only one of those representatives that wants to respond and talk about this.”
He questioned the government’s commitment to handling crime, saying that it should not just be left to the police.
“It may not be their constitutional responsibility, but it is their elected responsibility, to be focused on crime in this country and the fact that the government says let the police deal with it, is sad in itself.”
“The fact is, the government has the power to make the policy changes necessary to affect crime. The police only get involved after the crime is committed.”
We reached out to both the RCIPS and the Premier’s office for a response on the crime situation. The Premier’s office said they have referred our questions to the RCIPS and the Acting Governor’s Office under whose remit crime falls. Meanwhile, the RCIPS has said it will respond on Tuesday (16 October.)