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Nov 20, 2018

Corozal Resident Shot and Killed in Salvapan

Jermain Sanker

Four persons lost their lives to gun violence and road traffic accidents over the extended weekend. There was also a string of robberies and shootings across the Old Capital and elsewhere that has left several persons hospitalized. Tonight, we start the newscast with the execution of a Corozal resident in Belmopan on Monday afternoon. Twenty-three-year-old Jermain Sanker was murdered inside a rental car in the Salvapan area. A gunman came up to him and opened fire; one of two bullets caught Sanker in the face, before his killer escaped into nearby bushes. It is not known at this time what may have motivated the killing, but today, News Five’s Duane Moody went looking for answers. Here’s his report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

A twenty-three-year-old Corozal resident, who has been living in Ladyville, was murdered around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday in the Salvapan area of Belmopan. It is not known what triggered the gun violence, but Jermain Sanker was sitting in the driver’s seat of a Dodge Neon car and had just stopped on Cemetery Road, near its junction with Panama Street, when a gunman fired two shots at the unsuspecting youth.

 

Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“A brown in colour dodge neon car was seen with a dark complexioned male person who was seen motionless. Upon closer examination of the scene, the person was seen with a gunshot type injury beside the left eye which exited somewhere towards the back of his neck. His identity was learnt to be Jermain Sanker, a twenty-four-year-old of a Corozal address.”

 

According to a Salvapan resident, she was inside her house when she heard two shots fired. She got up to see the vehicle parked in front of her house. She later ran out to find Sanker bleeding profusely in the vehicle. The cops were called, but by then the driver was already dead.

 

Voice of: Salvapan Resident [Translated]

“I was sleeping here because I had a fever. I looked through the window and saw that the vehicle was parked in the front. When I listened, I heard two loud bangs. Then I heard my son call for me. I got frightened and I opened the front door and asked him what happened. When I came out, my son said something happened to the man in the car. So I ran out and went to the vehicle and when I got there, the man was already dead. He was in front of the steering wheel dead. And I knew he was dead because he wasn’t moving and he had blood on his chest. But I didn’t see who shot him. There wasn’t any bicycle or vehicle or nothing; only noise to the back. I am not sure if the person escaped through the bushes.”

 

Jermain Sanker

Police say Sanker had rented a room in the Maya Mopan area for a few days and the car he was travelling in was rented. News Five understands that while he has a driver’s license from Belmopan, Sanker is not known to be living in that municipality. So what was he doing in that area and was he lured to his death?

Following the shooting, a person of Hispanic descent was seen fleeing the scene through bushes along the canal in the area. Police believe that the person may have been trailing Sanker before carrying out the execution.

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“Police have since interviewed one person is in the process of following several leads in relation to this investigation.”

 

Reporter

“In regards to the shooting, is it believed that he was shot by someone who was inside the vehicle with him or somebody who came up to the vehicle?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“I believe it was someone who came up to the vehicle because the investigation is showing that he had just exited a house and entered the vehicle when the incident occurred and no one else was in the vehicle at the time of the incident.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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