Suspect charged in Vic’s Bar mass shooting

| 22/07/2021
Cayman News Service
Crime scene at Vic’s Bar

(CNS) UPDATED: The 36-year-old man arrested last Friday at an address in the Lower Valley area of Bodden Town has been charged with murder, five counts of attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm in connection with the mass shooting at Vic’s Bar in George Town on 9 July. Ezekiel Carter appeared in Summary Court via video link on Thursday, charged with killing Wayne Eron McLean. He was remanded into custody until tomorrow, when he will appear before the Grand Court.

CCTV footage in this cases shows that the gunman opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon in the car park, before chasing the fleeing crowd into the bar, where he continued shooting. Five other people were wounded in the mass shooting.

Meanwhile, police are still investigating a previous killing in Martin Drive, George Town, in which Mark Andre Ebanks and Eldon Charles Walton were both gunned down and killed in the street, along with two other men who survived.

Brandon Leslie Ebanks (35) from George Town has been charged with possession of an illegal gun in relation to that shooting but has not been charged with killing or wounding any of the victims.

Police Commissioner Derek Byrne recently stated that the police were collecting significant amounts of information on these shootings and the general spike in gun violence but were struggling to get witnesses to come forward to convert the intelligence into evidence.

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