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Sep 6, 2017

Man dies from shooting in North San Pedro

A shooting overnight on the north end of Ambergris Caye turned murder today after police discovered the body of thirty-six-year-old Rudolph Eric Pitts. Just before nine p.m. on Tuesday, twenty-two-year-old Edgar Rene Lopez was transported to the San Pedro Polyclinic with multiple gunshot wounds to the head, left arm and shoulder. Before being airlifted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, Lopez revealed to police that he was walking along with his friend, Pitts, ten miles north of San Pedro Town when they were fired upon by three men who came out from behind some bushes.  Lopez managed to escape, but it was not until just before two p.m. today that a police search led to the discovery of Pitts’ body in the area. He had been shot four times. In a late evening interview with Deputy Regional Commander for Eastern Division North, Superintendent Reymundo Reyes, he says that a motive has not yet been established.

 

Supt. Reymundo Reyes, Deputy Regional Commander, Eastern Division North

Supt. Reymundo Reyes

“Around eighty-forty-nine p.m., San Pedro police received a call via the emergency line and they visited the San Pedro Polyclinic where they saw a male persons suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds to the left side of the head…caretaker and a resident of mile ten north of San Pedro. He was treated and then transported to the K.H.M.H. in a stable condition. He was walking along with his friend one Rudolph Eric Pitts on a back road near the Bright Waters Resort when they were approached by three male persons who came out from nearby bushes. He managed to run and he was later assisted to the polyclinic. Today at one-fifty p.m., based on the information that was provided by Lopez, police searched the area and as a result they came cross the body of a male person who was later identified as Rudolph Pitts, a thirty-six-year-old caretaker of the same address, with what appeared to be gunshot wounds to the body. The scene was processed and it was observed that Pitts sustained four gunshot wounds to his body.”

 

Duane Moody

“Sir, I know it is still in the preliminary stage but a motive for the crime?”

 

Supt. Reymundo Reyes

“At this moment that has not been established and police officers are on the ground to see what information can be gathered and see what would have led to these persons being attacked.”

 

A total of six expended shells were recovered from the scene; two nine millimeter caliber and four of a point three-eighty slug.  Police investigation continues into this latest homicide.

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