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Mar 10, 2016

Police Say They Didn’t Shoot ‘Bounty.’ So who did?

The unintentional shooting of self-employed DVD salesman Jamal Young, presumably by officers in pursuit of a fleeing vehicle, remains a whodunit mystery; at least within the Belize Police Department.  That’s because Young is confident that he would be able to positively identify that officer in an ID parade.  ‘Bounty’, as he is popularly known, was shot in the left leg on Saturday afternoon while riding along Mahogany Street.  It turns out that a team of policemen were giving chase to the speeding vehicle when several shots were reportedly fired.  During the resulting confusion Young was injured prior to being knocked off his motorcycle.  While a formal report is yet to be released, News Five understands that an internal investigation into the incident is presently underway.  Ironically, that probe doesn’t seem to include a statement from the victim of the shooting.  According to Young, no one from the department has visited him to inquire about what took place during the incident.  Despite the presence of the Gang Suppression Unit, who happened upon the scene of the shooting, they are not claiming responsibility for the wanton gunfire.  So, who shot Jamal Young in front of the Mahogany Street Precinct?


Jamal ‘Bounty’ Young

Jamal ‘Bounty’ Young, Shooting/Accident Victim

“I was coming from the direction of Complex Building going out to Mahogany Street fu try sih if I could mek some more money to deal with my daughter.  So when I yer a gunshot behind me but it was not behind me, it was in front of me because the redskin policeman was chasing the vehicle from Boulevard areas.  Da he come out and shoot because before the ambulance come I mi deh pan di ground but I mi di bawl out fo help but same time I look cross and di red bwai start to point ih gun and start to shoot eena di direction fi di preschool fi mek di young bwai dehn stop.  So before the GSU reach deh, because the GSU reach same time like bout five minutes fi stop di vehicle, that’s why dehn hit the next young bwai.  And di young bwai get injured and gaan eena di same ambulance with me.  I think da di policeman dehn shot me weh mi di pursue di vehicle from Boulevard areas and I could admit da di same police dehn shot me and I noh di talk and I noh di bav.  I know weh I sih and I know weh I sih di do and he jump outta di vehicle, he haul out ih gun and staat to fire it and di next bally weh deh pan di cycle holla how he noh deh wid di vehicle dehn.  So di policeman dehn di talk backside, GSU just stop di vehicle from di pursue it farther more da back and do so bally jump out because ih sih di GSU dehn vehicle park, yeah, cross dehn.  So he ram di vehicle side ah young bwai and mek young bwai geh hurt.”

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