Update (12 July):
Police can now confirm the identity of the deceased in the shooting which took place on Seymour Drive on Friday, 9 July. He is Wayne Eron McLean, age 25 of Bodden Town. The RCIPS expresses condolences to the family of the deceased.
Two other victims from the incident remain in hospital. One man, who was in critical condition, is recovering, and his injuries are currently considered serious but non-life-threatening. One woman is also being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The matter remains under investigation and detectives are appealing to anyone who may have been at the location during the incident at about 1:45AM on Friday morning, 9 July, to come forward. “We often can establish what happened at the scene of a major crime and can arrest individuals we believe to be involved, but without evidence and witness statements we cannot charge individuals or prove cases. This is why it’s vital we receive the community’s support. Victim and witness statements are the main requirement of a successful prosecution,” says Detective Superintendent Peter Lansdown.
“We strongly urge anyone who has any information, no matter how seemingly minor, to speak up, and not assume that someone else will,” Superintendent Lansdown adds. “Even the smallest detail could be the key that allows us to identify those involved, prosecute them, and remove them from the streets. There are multiple ways to submit information, whether directly to the police or anonymously through CrimeStoppers, and there are measures that can be put in place to ensure the safety of anyone who comes forward. It is only with your help that we can ensure that we keep our communities safe.”
Information can be submitted by contacting the RCIPS Major Incident Room at 649-2930, via the RCIPS Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777, or via our website at rcips.ky/submit-a-tip.
Tips submitted through Cayman CrimeStoppers may also be eligible for up to a $50,000 reward if the information leads to a conviction. Tips can be submitted anonymously to the Miami-based centre of CrimeStoppers at www.crimestoppers.ky.
Initial Release (9 July):
Just after 1:45AM today, 9 July, police and other emergency services were dispatched to a report of a shooting incident that took place at Vic's Bar on Seymour Drive, George Town. It was reported that multiple persons at the location received gunshot wounds, five persons were transported to the hospital for treatment, one of whom is believed to be in critical condition, and the others are believed to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries. A sixth person was fatally shot and was pronounced dead at the scene.
As a result of the investigation being carried out, Seymour Road, in George Town has been partially closed to the public. Traffic is being diverted through Commercial Avenue at this time and the public is being asked to avoid the closed area of Seymour Road until the crime scene investigation is complete and the road is re-opened.
The matter is under investigation and a Major Incident Room has been opened for this incident. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the RCIPS Major Incident Room, at 649-2930.
“Additional officers have been called out to assist with this investigation and we are working as quickly as we can to gather all evidence from the scene,” says Deputy Commissioner Kurt Walton. “We are asking for everyone’s support and cooperation during this process. The public’s safety is our priority and we won’t leave any stone unturned in our investigative efforts.”