Gang violence increases in West Bay

| 02/11/2016 | 86 Comments

(CNS) Updated with corrected location: Following a series of violent incidents in West Bay, the acting commissioner of police issued a warning to gang members Tuesday that the RCIPS is coming for them. Last night two gunmen indiscriminately opened fire on people at Super C’s Bar and Restaurant injuring at least two customers. The frightening incident happened less than two hours after one man was beaten by a gang of six men at on Birch Tree Hill Road. And in the early hours of Tuesday morning a resident also on Birch Tree Hill reported that his house had been shot at.

Police said that the incident at Super C’s on Watercourse Road happened at about 9:30pm. Witnesses reported multiple gunshots being fired by two masked men who had emerged from bushes across the street from the restaurant and starting shooting.

They then ran through the restaurant car park and made off on foot along the side of an adjoining property. One man received serious but not life-threatening injuries after he was shot in the lower body and taken to the hospital by private car. A bullet grazed one woman’s arm and she was treated for minor injuries, and it is believed that a third person was grazed in the shooting but he did not seek treatment or report being shot.

The police said the victim of the beating at around 8pm had been to Kelly’s on Birch Tree Hill Road. But on his way home he was set on by the gang close to the laundromat at no 138. He is also still in hospital recovering from serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

No one was injured when shots were fired at the house, also on Birch Tree Hill, as the property was empty at the time. Police said they received a report at around 5:45am on Tuesday morning that shots had been fired. The resident of the house apparently returned home to find a bullet hole through the window.

The police have raised their concerns about Super C’s Restaurant as it has been the site of several violent incidents, including the murder of Victor Oliver Yates (22) in January last year. The RCIPS has also dealt with numerous complaints about anti-social activities and conducted numerous operations at the location.

“This gang-on-gang violence has been a top priority for the RCIPS and these recent incidents will be met with the full force of law,” said ACoP Anthony Ennis. “All resources will be brought to bear to tackle this as the safety of our citizens is paramount.”

Deeply concerned about the ongoing and recent escalation of gang violence following the murder of Justin Manderson, the senior cop said Cayman had seen “more than enough senseless killings and ruined lives”.

Ennis warned gang members that they will likely end up in prison or dead if they continued on the path of gun and gang violence.

“This is the harsh truth of the matter and the unfortunate consequence of all gang activity,” he said. Speaking about the murder of Manderson at the beginning of last month, he quoted his father Jake Manderson when he appealed to those seeking revenge for his sons killing to “leave it to God and the law”.

“This is the best advice anyone can offer to those who are engaging in this violence,” Ennis added, as he warned that the police would seek out those perpetrating the violence. But he also blamed society’s failings for the increasing violent crime as he insisted the issue wasn’t just a police problem but a social problem, “with parents probably turning a blind eye to the activities of sons and daughters”.

He called on community leaders to also intervene to stop the senseless killings. “It is better to try and save the life of a member of the community than to attend the funeral of the deceased,” Ennis said. “I want to reassure the law-abiding citizens of the affected communities that the RCIPS will respond with proportionate measures.”

Police are asking anyone with any information about Tuesday’s violence to call 949-4222. Anonymous information can also be provided via the Miami-based call centre of Crime Stoppers at 800-8477(TIPS), or online here.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This gang of youngsters is just trying to be like the older gangstas that run the Government.

  2. Anonymous says:

    any comment from the west bay mla’s?????…..
    didn’t think so………………..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  3. Anonymous says:

    We need to arrange a full scale gang shootout. Make sure the public is out of the way and let them go at it. I would happily sponsor some ammo to make sure they don’t run out before it’s all settled. Then lock up the survivors and throw the rest into the sea.

    • Anonymous says:

      Donald, is that you?

      • Anonymous says:

        No, it’s Harry. Is that a problem, punk? That was a pathetic attempt at humour, but the original post brought to mind a similar plan my old man – a D-Day landing survivor – had : round ’em up, put them on an island, and drop all the munitions they asked for!

  4. POV says:

    This is what growing the county or development without a plan gets us. Too much too fast and no plan for the social outcome. As usual our politicians just stick their heads in the sand/ignore the issues and hope they will solve themselves….then expect another X by their name in 4 years time.

    Wake up Cayman the teeter totter of voting the same parties in every other election is NOT working. Start speaking with your pencils!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I don’t get where some of you folks get this idea that these young men are punks. What measuring stick are you using? Isn’t shooting and running away from the scene done is all the ‘real ghettos’ that you talk about? Do they need to commit more brazen acts to prove themselves to you? Are since they are ‘punks’ why not confront them head on and put them in their place. I bet when you see that old piece of steel rising you would make usain bolt look like he wasn’t trying. Stop being a keyboard bully and put meaningful suggestions out there that someone may just use.

  6. Not much time left says:

    Society’s failings. That includes everyone that lives in Cayman, period.
    The RCIPS is utterly useless and have never had a solution, this would include the Govt and elected officials as well. Actually, its seeming like they don’t care, just let the native thugs kill themselves. Only when it starts to spill over to the famed SMB will we see any real action, as it recently did. Hold tight, more coming unfortunately.
    On a higher level of thinking, we all created this problem and it will only be us to help change it.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Dey is jus good ol boyz, a lit firwerks is a gut thing. It brings da commumity togeter. Dey is da futur of cayman, and we beter respect.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Why does the RCIP put out a warning? Just go ahead and do what needs to be done. If you know certain places are the spots for regular crime/violence, raid the place on a regular basis.

    If you know certain individuals are up to no good, be on their and their families ass 24/7 until they finally get caught in the act. Make their lives as miserable as they make ours!

    • Anonymous says:

      I think some of what you want was going on last night, police and helicopter out, road blocks too…

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hopefully they only shoot each other. They are a bunch of lost causes.

  10. Anonymous says:

    All of this increased gang crime might put strain on the capacity of the prison. Good thing there is plenty of ocean. Monkeys better learn to swim ahead of time.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I once travelled to Panama and always thought that one of their rules would be really effective here in Cayman.
    Rule: A curfew is in place everyday at 9:30pm for all minors (18 & under). If you are caught as a minor after this time without a parent (providing proven evidence) you will be detained if not arrested. I do believe implementing some rule similar to this here in Cayman will help control our younger generation today with the violence. One step at a time.

    • Anonymous says:

      In addition, make abortions legal so that young girls are not forced to have children they do not want or cannot afford.

  12. Concerned says:

    They are not just ending the life of that one person they end the lives of their loved ones….especially the mothers of these boys.

  13. Concerned says:

    I wonder if the police are station outside of Kelly’s or Supa C’s?? If not they should be. If the RCIP really want to keep us safe they need to make their presence known. Not just tonight or a couple of nights but from now on every night. Its sad that they are killing our own people. The lives of the loved ones will never be the same and it has to stop!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Don’t worry. Once they clear up the PR application backlog, all these thugs will be gone.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Makes me laugh these Caymanian wannabe gangsters. Maybe Eden and his bible bashing MLA’s ned to get among the flock in West Bay and sort out the issues

  16. Anonymous says:

    who cares…?
    we live in a wonderland where the most hardworking, educated, law abiding people are treated like dirt and second class citizens…….

    • Anonymous says:

      And that is because you are.

      • Anonymous says:

        …cant finish your sentence correctly? That ok, we pay our over-relaxed online Phd professors to pass you with high priced pagentry so we can all celebrate your stupidity.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Mac, that is your Republic, what efforts have you made to try and curb this unnecessary violence? Tara? Eugene? <<ok, well never mind mind about him. But the rest of unna? Ivory Tower much?

    • Anonymous says:

      Tara is useless but at least people know her. Who is Eugene ? What has he done for the past 4 years?

      • Anonymous says:

        Handouts. That’s all it takes in the republic.

      • Anonymous says:

        What has Captain Whogene did in the last 12 – 16 years ?

        One private members motion brought to the LA which was to clearly mark our speed limits signs as MPH so that it wouldn’t be confusing to our tourists as KPH.

        Not even this was accomplished.

    • Tit-for-tat says:

      What is anyone to do about BAD PARENTING???

      Seriously. We have this issue because parents let their children run wild and never hold them accountable for anything they do. Parents today seem to blame everything on the Government when the Government didn’t tell them to have children if they weren’t capable of raising them right!

      I tell you what legislatures can due; legalize abortion in Cayman! Too many unwanted children breeding like rabbits!!!!

      • Anonymous says:

        That is just wrong on so many levels.

        All parents?
        All children?
        Just kill them off before they are born? Who gets to decide? Me or you?

        • a nony mouse says:

          Eh – the pregnant woman/girl gets to decide…

          People who are not prepared to become parents should have options. At the moment women, who for one reason or another find themselves pregnant and are not ready, willing or able to be a good parent have 2 options 1. Travel overseas for an abortion or 2. Have the child and do your best with what you have got (which often leads to failure).

          The problem with option 1 is that it is extremely cost prohibitive – one of the most important elements of being a good parent is financial security – if you are pregnant and are financially insecure it is unlikely option 1 is even available to you.

          Proper Sex education and pregnancy prevention is the ideal – but when accidents happen access to affordable early-term abortion can and does save a lot of pain and heartache not just for the individuals involved but for society in general.

        • Tit-for-tat says:

          The mother carrying the child decides; simple.

          It’s her body, she should decide whether she is ready to be a mother or not, instead of having a child when still a child with no financial support or help of a father.

          Does that make sense to you, or are you still confused?

  18. Anonymous says:

    Hope they wipe each other out before Christmas. Tired of reading about these idiots!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Have police on the hot spots 24/7.
    Arrest everybody bssef on gsng affiliation.
    Mr. Edrn ? Any ideas ? Or still to husy fighting gay people.

  20. Anonymous says:

    The Republic of West Bay is on Fire !!

    All I can hear is bombs exploding, anti-aircraft fire with tracers, tomahawk cruise missiles being launched, Rocket Propelled Grenades and the sound of armored tanks coming down the street. :- ) 🙂 🙂

    It’s like Mosul Iraq down here in West Bay.

    Quickly, call Seal Team Six to help us evacuate the hell out of here.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Just read an article about students at John Gray involved in Boyz to Men program. Awesome! This, on some level, (be creative) needs to be done with these gang members. The streets and hopelessness is not what they want , but what they know. Some group needs to take an interest and broaden their horizons starting with job skills.

    • Anonymous says:

      If it is done before they turn 5 years old.

    • King Tut says:

      How wrong you are; they don’t want to have a honest job with honest pay.

      They love their life and they take pride in their ghetto life-style. They won’t change, you will soon see that this is a never-ending cycle all over the world. It is not unique to Cayman.

      These young men don’t care to be better, they like living by the gun and selling drugs. It makes them feel powerful; they also like hanging out in groups because they are afraid of being alone and need other people to make them feel important.

      • Anonymous says:

        How do you know what they want? Have you ever taken the time to talk to any of these young men?

    • Anonymous says:

      The program has to be good if it is modeled after an R&B group infamous for drugs and partying.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, because so many of them want to treat their mom to dinner at the Ritz, and horrified if they use the wrong fork.

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s not about the fork- it’s about giving them hope and vision and that there is more out there than the streets. It is showing them that they can go into these places and fit in if they desire and make certain choices in life ( education usually starts the upward tick).

  22. Anonymous says:

    Let’s ship them all to the Brac

    • Anonymous says:

      Catch them first. They will swim back

    • Anonymous says:

      We don’t want your gangsta wannabes over here. You bred the problem keep the problem and solve it instead of wanting to throw it off on other people.

      • Anonymous says:

        But you Brac’ers have the highest point in the Cayman Islands. We just want to borrow that spot next the lighthouse on the Bluff, to do so tossing. I promise you all – it won’t take us very long and we won’t disturb your peace and tranquility.

        Remember, we did come in droves to help you all out with Paloma in 2008. Therefore, we just want to use that small piece of property to create a “community enhancement project” that we are tirelessly working on, in Grand Cayman.

  23. Do something says:

    Close Super C’s or charge the owner a hefty fine (5,000.00 CI) everytime there’s an incident. Its easy to say the owner didnt do it but its his place of business thats causing the concregation of people that cause these incidents.

    Install cameras on every light pole. Increase the area lighting. Increase the things that drive the criminal elements away. Make sure the business owner is doing everything he can to deter these people from conducting their illegal activities there.

    Get the community invovled in making these little boys uncomfortable in the area. Where is the community officer?

  24. Anonymous says:

    This is so sad because its caused by the want of money, hopelessness, bad education standards . So the unqualified found something that took more qualification? They had to learn to be captains of boats to travel to bring the drugs in the middle of night with no charts.They were able to acquire guns and learn to shoot them. They had to have ambition and intuition to learn not to get scammed and not to get caught. In another country and their country they had to be team players otherwise all was lost.
    In another time and place they could have been soldiers. What these boys need is a boot camp with a drill sergeant . But they are too smart they will all be dead soon.

    • Anonymous says:

      I dont know which Army you ate referring to but this shower and most seen in West Bay would never see the inside of a British Army recruiting office let alone anywhere else.

    • Ruby Red says:

      Example of the never-ending cycle: Justin Manderson, shot and dead had a son who will grow-up to live the same lifestyle his daddy had. Cycle never ends.

      People who were friends with him and family to him will defend him saying he was so sweet and nice and blah blah blah…..

      Think before you pull the trigger young men; for you could fall to the same fate.

  25. Anonymous says:

    More sad and unfortunate news but thought Mckeeva Bush was talking with the gangs and trying to set them straight. What about the other two UDP MLAs? Thought their strength was talking to young people and helping them seek better options.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Dey is jus good ole cayman folk. Dats me boyz, you showem who own dis country.

    • kim says:

      Last time I checked DART owned this 24 mile island. Half of them “bad boys” only acting tough, they would cry in real ghettos around the world. They think they know hardship….they just spoiled and rotten…

  27. Anonymous says:

    Bunch of soft ass punks!! Firing at a crowd from a distance and 6 on 1 beatings?? How pathetic can you really be?

  28. Anonymous says:

    Government is too soft on the bad guys, when they are caught they go to Prison and spend 65,000 ci $ p. a. on them.(tax payers money) so they can be easy living in prison. Government don’t pay that much for most of their workers and won’t give the old seamen (who built the foundation of this country) a raise, and the pensioners didn’t get a raise this year. The system are plenty to blame (and parents) for all of this crime, should be more severe punishment

    • Caymanian agent says:

      Not.just that don’t spend this amount on civil servants but they don’t spend that much on a child in the schools.

  29. RMK says:

    The sad truth is that until all persons involved in this war between Birch Tree Hill & Logwoods are dead or in jail, the retaliation will never stop. It will stop for a while as it was exactly one month yesterday from the killing of Justin Manderson.

    I find it so hard to believe that the same guys who grew up together, went to school together & pretty sure were friends at one point in time has come to killing eacother because of where they live!They fail to realize that too much Mothers’ have had to bury their child/ren & too many children are being left fatherless as they have been killed directly or indirectly to the senseless violence.

    Thank God that there were no fatalities last night and we can only hope that there will be no more in the future.

  30. Bullet says:

    Wonder what Super C’s Trip Advisor rating is?

    • Anonymous says:

      Similar to bars found in Islamic State held territory I suspect.

    • Soiled Son says:

      It’s the inverse of number of bullets shot on a given day…When it’s one bullet, it’s given a 10* rating. Ten bullets and it’s a 1* rating.

    • Anonymous says:

      The older guys need to step up and talk to these young guys. Community members need to step up and get these guys job skills and jobs. RCIP instead of just driving by these places get out and chat up these guys. If they are still in school- keep them in there( tracking / mentoring programs). Parents- turn in the guns/ weapons & start caring about their whereabouts. Gang vs gang sport events also vs police and gang members.

    • Anonymous says:

      A**hole. Our young men killing each other and you make a joke. If you’re a Caymanian shame on you. If you’re an expat, please just go home.

      • Anonymous says:

        So you want us to go stop it bare handed 5.44? Of course we are going to joke, they deserve each other and laughing is all we got left.

      • Anonymous says:

        At least you got the “if your a Caymanian shame on you” part right. Don’t you get it yet? For many Expats this is home and they earned it unlike many (most?) Caymanians.

    • Anonymous says:

      I wonder what your IQ is.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not sure, but the quiche lorraine there is delectable. I think they add a bit of tarragon. Really sets it apart from others.

      And don’t get me started on the huckleberry pie.

    • Anonymous says:

      Laugh it up… but in case you haven’t noticed, Super C’s is located in Cayman, inherently reflecting on the whole Country. Bunch of idiots.

    • Anonymous says:

      Dont disrespect the sovereign.

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