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May 11, 2016

Wild West Shootout at Pasadita Bar Leaves One Man Dead

Jose Anibal Molina Estrada

The murder stats in the west continue on an upward trend. The most recent murder victim is a businessman man who was shot at a bar after eleven o’clock on Tuesday night. Three other persons were injured in the shooting. Fifty-nine-year-old Jose Anibal Molina Estrada of Duck Run Three was mortally wounded at the Pasadita Bar located on Iguana Creek Road, Spanish Lookout area. Sixty-four year old Guillermo Guerra, was shot to the foot while fifty-two year old Victor Ismael Perez, was shot to the stomach and a third person, Eddy Larios, was shot on the shoulder, stomach and hip.  Guerra, Perez and Larios were reportedly drinking at the bar when Molina arrived. An argument broke out between the men who appeared intoxicated. Molina opened fire on the trio, and Larios returned fire at him. Molina died three hours later.  News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Voice of: Gregorio Cano, Son-in-law of Deceased

“Last night my father-in-law was here, eating and he was drinking and he just went out to buy some drinks at Pasadita and when he arrived there, they were waiting for him.”

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

At Pasadita Bar here on Iguana Creek Road is where fifty-nine year old Jose Anibal Molina Estrada came sometime around eleven p.m. on Tuesday for some drinks. There, he met sixty-four-year-old Guillermo Guerra, fifty-two-year-old Victor Ismael Perez and Eddy Larios, all residents of Duck Run Three, a community just outside of Spanish Lookout. An altercation ensued between the men before both Molina and Larios pulled out their licensed firearms and a shootout occurred. As the echo from the blasts subsided, Molina laid dead on the floor and Guerra, Perez and Larios, injured to different parts of the body. Molina was shot five times to the lower back and once to the right side; the bullet exited the opposite side.

 

Richard Rosado

Supt. Richard Rosado, O.C., San Ignacio Police

“San Ignacio police visited the said location and observed the lifeless body of a male Hispanic person lying face down on the ground in a pool of blood with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper and lower parts of the body. He was later identified as Jose Anibal Molina Estrada, fifty-nine-year-old naturalized Belizean of Duck Run Three. About eleven-forty p.m. on the same date, information was also received of three male individuals suffering from apparent gunshot wounds at the Loma Luz Hospital in Santa Elena. Police were also dispatched there where they saw Guillermo Guerra, sixty-four year old naturalized Belizean of Duck Run Three suffering from apparent gunshot wound to the foot. They also saw Victor Perez; a fifty-two years naturalized Belizean of Duck Run Three, suffering from apparent gunshot wound to the upper part of his body. And also Eddy Larios, naturalized Belizean of Duck Run Three, suffering from gunshot wound to the upper part of his body.”

 

Guerra was treated and released from the hospital, but Perez and Larios were transferred to the K.H.M.H. in a serious, but stable condition. Molina had the only grocery store in the village of Duck Run Three. According to his son-in-law, the businessman has had conflict with Larios, his neighbor.

 

Voice of: Gregorio Cano

“Mister Molina was a nice man; he teach me lot of good things. He had enemies, but we did not know him. Up to now, we don’t know about the incident because I was not there, but we heard talks from people that were in the incident. The incident happened like eleven o’clock but I heard it too late because I heard it around one o’clock cause I don’t live here. But I heard he got two gunshot wounds; I don’t know where, but three of them were in the Bar, drinking. They were arguing maybe because they have a relationship that’s not so good for years now.”

 

Duane Moody

“So he and the other three men weren’t friends?”

 

Voice of: Gregorio Cano

“They were friends before but something and they gone enemies. Like jealousy. They always drink and try to arrange things, but there never is a way to solve things. Some want to win and next one don’t want to lose. But my father in law was a nice person; he likes to drink, but not do things like that.”

 

The Molina family and police have different reasons as motive for the murder, but undeniably the state of intoxication was a factor.

 

Supt. Richard Rosado

“I take my guidance from the evidential material available to me and what I can see is that alcohol may have been a contributing factor, but I can also say is that subsequent to that, a misunderstanding ensued among the individuals which eventually led to the shooting.”

 

Duane Moody

“So jealousy is the reason why they kill him?”

 

Voice of: Gregorio Cano

“I think jealousy was why they kill him because that’s the only way they would kill him. Because he has his firearm, but with people’s there, three on one, you can’t do nothing. Maybe they got him by surprise, I don’t know, but they shot him.”

 

But was the shooting death a case of self defense? Officer Commanding San Ignacio Police, Superintendent Richard Rosado says that the case is currently categorized as a death investigation.

 

Supt. Richard Rosado

“We are still in the initial stage of the investigation so statements are still being recorded. Based on…once the case file is completed, then we will be guided based on the evidential material available to us at that moment.”

 

Duane Moody

“Is there any reason to believe that he was killed in self-defense; that one of the trio fired back to defense himself and that’s why this man ended up dead?”

 

Supt. Richard Rosado

“Like I mentioned, we are still in the initial stage of the investigation and we are looking at all angles. And once the case file is completed, we will forward the file to the Director of Public Prosecutions for her advice.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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