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May 28, 2010

Monday night shooting leaves man clinging to life

Operation Jaguar will be two weeks old on Monday, and it has generally reduced violence on the City’s streets after months of urban terrorism. There was one shooting, however, on Monday night which has left a man still clinging onto life.  News Five’s Marion Ali reports.

Marion Ali, Reporting

Thirty three year old Melvin Rodriguez remains critically wounded and on life support tonight after he was shot in the abdomen and lower back on Monday night.  He was walking along with his uncle, fifty-two year old Oscar Sanchez when both men were targeting while walking on Mex Avenue. The incident happened near the Stanford Bridge and when we visited the scene today there were still telltale signs that violence had occurred here with bloodstains on the street and bullet holes on this nearby garbage box.  A resident of the area told us off camera that she was asleep when she was awoken by the sounds of gunshots shortly after ten that night.  When she checked she saw Rodriguez lying on the street and Sanchez limping down the canal side. But she did not see any sign of the shooter or shooters.  Police say that a man on a bicycle passed by the two men and shot them then rode off into the night. Sanchez was hit in the right ankle. So far, police have made no strides towards making an arrest. Marion Ali for News Five.

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2 Responses for “Monday night shooting leaves man clinging to life”

  1. Manford says:

    This shooting subatantiate what I said before, that cops on every corner will not necessaryly stop shooting in Belize city. Of course I do not condem what law enforcement is doing to try and slow the ever increasing crime problem, even if it save only one life.

    While on the subject of gun and shooting in Belize, I notice that the American that was caught at the airport with a gun in his bag was released on bail, how did he manage to get bail, when Belizeans that are accused of been in a house that contained an unlicense gun are arrested and denied bail even if that Belizean had no knowledge that a gun was in the house? Same old same old, if one is white he/she is always right. Am I the only person that is consern about this situation, or is it that Belezians are resigned to that reality since I have not seen any comment on this injustice?

  2. daveyt says:

    For Manford: The man did not have a gun in his bag when he got caught going out of the country. It was a few rounds of ammunition that were allegedly left in his bag before he left the US for Belize. If that were true, and he hadn’t bought it in Belize raises some serious questions – One of which is why was the ammo not detected at teh point of departure? Surely, the US have airport security as such that no-one should ever board a plane with anything resembling arms, explosives, amuunition, or parts thereof. Or it it a case of not allowing it in to the US, but if you want to take it out, that’s fine with the authorities!

    I don’t think it’s a colour thing either, more about his being American than his racial grouping. Besides, wasn’t he remanded?

    Even if he got bail, that doesn’t mean anything, as how many get bailed from the Supreme Court anyway? Most of them represented by Dickie bradley, then they are free to threaten or dispose of any witnesses, to ensure that when the case does come to court, they are guaranteed a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card, due to the usual “No-Case”, Nul Prosque” or ‘no/hostile witness’. Unless they fall outside of the 93% that never get convicted! (Either through bad luck, or no contacts “On High”).

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