Police name woman shot dead outside home

  • Murdered woman: Garrina Cann, 31

    Murdered woman: Garrina Cann, 31

  • Detective Superintendent Nicholas Pedro with a picture of Garrina Cann, 31, who was murdered in the early hours of Tuesday (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Detective Superintendent Nicholas Pedro with a picture of Garrina Cann, 31, who was murdered in the early hours of Tuesday (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

A woman murdered outside her home was identified by police yesterday as 31-year-old Garrina Cann.

Ms Cann was with guests at a party in the house on Sunset Lane near North Shore when she was shot just before 12.20am on Tuesday.

Police said the party was winding down and only six to eight people remained.

Police also confirmed that Ms Cann had been the target of threats, but did not elaborate.

Detective Superintendent Nicholas Pedro, the head of the crime division, said the police did not want to see any retaliation.

He added: “I really wish to ask the community to keep calm, and allow us to do our jobs.”

He said tensions had been “raised considerably” in the wake of the murder and that police had seen “talk of retaliation” on social media.

But Mr Pedro added: “The response to this violence can’t be more violence.”

Mr Pedro said police had increased patrols, particularly around the central area of the island.

He added: “We are firmly and robustly committed to getting justice for Garrina and her family.”

He said the woman’s death would be “incredibly emotional for people and we do understand that — it is not lost on us”.

Mr Pedro added that Ms Cann’s brother, Garry Cann, was killed in a shooting in December 2009.

But Detective Sergeant Jason Smith said there was “no information to suggest that the death of her brother is directly related”.

He said police had conducted several interviews and viewed evidence from CCTV cameras in the area.

Mr Smith said police were interested in any information on three motorcycles that were in the area of Sunset Pass, from about midnight to 12.20am, which police said they suspected were “directly involved in the murder”.

Two of the bikes had a single rider each and one had two people on board.

Anyone driving in the area who saw three bikes around the time of the shooting was asked to contact police, as well as any area residents with CCTV cameras at their homes.

Mr Smith said police believed the bikes had left the area by North Shore Road.

Police are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have seen a man, said to be about 5ft 7in tall, wearing dark clothes and riding a black and yellow motorcycle, in the Sunset Lane area between midnight and 12.30am.

Mr Smith added: “Also, we are appealing to the public who might have information in relation to other incidents in the past that involved Garrina and maybe other members of the community — persons that are aware of that, we’re asking you to come forward.”

Anyone with information on the incident should contact police at 295-0011 or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-8477.

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