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Jul 21, 2014

Weekend Shootings in Belize City

Gun violence in the city continued over the weekend, but luckily no one was injured in either of the shootings. Around ten-twenty p.m., the thirty-four-year-old driver for Election and Boundaries reported that he was driving a government-issued Great Wall Wingle pick-up truck on West Collect Canal, but as he reached its junction with South Street, a person known to him only as “Baptist” fired several shots in his direction. Fearing for his life, he sped off towards Precinct One Police Station on Euphrates Avenue for assistance. While he was not injured, several shots made their mark on the back of the camper shattering the glass. Thirty minutes later, there was another shooting, this time on north side, Belize City. A fifty-seven-year-old fisherman of Belama Phase One reported to police that as he headed home in his 2004 Mazda pick-up, he stopped at the pedestrian ramp near Friendship Restaurant on the Philip Goldson Highway. There, a male person walked across, but midway on the ramp, the person opened fire on him; and at least four shots were fired in his direction. The shooter then fled on a motorcycle that was parked on the right hand side of the highway. The Belama fisherman drove off and upon reaching his house realized that there was a bullet hole at the bottom of the windshield, one to the front driver’s side and two to the rear passenger glass. A slug was recovered from the vehicle and a copper jacket was retrieved by Belama Police from in front of Friendship Restaurant. Police investigations continue into both incidents. 

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