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Jul 6, 2015

Jerome Smith Survives Near Fatal Attack at Buttonwood Bay Park

Jerome Smith

Earlier in the newscast, we told you about four murders that occurred over the weekend. But there was another act of gun violence in the city, a shooting on Friday night that landed a Belize City youth in the K.H.M.H. in a critical, but stable condition.  Jerome Smith of Fourth Street in the Buttonwood Bay area is lucky to be alive after he was shot multiple times by a gunman at the Buttonwood Bay Park. The twenty-four year old was sitting on the top of bleachers with a friend when the gunman reportedly walked from behind the bleachers, stood in front of them and opened fire in their direction. Smith was hit to the neck, the right arm, chest and the scapula. The gunman would then escape in a waiting car. But was the shooting random? That is what investigators say they are trying to ascertain.

 

Supt. Hilberto Romero, O.C., CIB, Belize City Police

“Police responded to that area around ten-ten p.m. where they found Jerome Smith with gunshot injuries to the chest and to the legs. He was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he is in a stable condition.”

 

Reporter

“Sir as it relates to the Buttonwood Bay Park incident, any motive for that?”

 

Hilberto Romero

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“No we don’t have any motive. I know he was hanging out there. The information we have is that a vehicle passed and someone from within that vehicle fired the shots.”

 

Reporter

“So it would appear that it is a random shooting?”

 

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Like I said, we are not sure. We are speaking to the victim. He is at the K.H.M.H. and we will follow through on that investigation.”

 

Reporter

“But he is not known to police.”

 

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“No, he is not known. No.”

 

There was also an unusual stabbing in the city that has left authorities puzzled. Around two a.m. on Friday, forty-two year old Albert Leiva Senior says that while sleeping inside his house on Craig Street, he was awaken by severe headache and dizziness. He sat on his bed and used a towel to wipe his face, but noticed that he was covered in blood. He had been stabbed multiple times to the head, face, neck and abdomen. He was later transported by his son and daughter to the K.H.M.H. for treatment. Police say they have little information because nothing was reportedly stolen from the house and no weapon has been discovered. Investigations continue. 

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