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Jun 1, 2010

Rodwell Williams shot outside Barrow and Williams

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The law partner of Prime Minister Dean Barrow was shot on Monday night as he left his law firm on Albert Street. The news of the shooting spread like wild fire across the city because it involved Rodwell Williams whose law firm was shot at as recent as April fifteenth.  Indications are that the shooting was not triggered by robbery, but instead a clear execution attempt on Williams.  Williams was rushed to the Belize Healthcare Partners where throughout the night and this morning doctors worked to save his life.   News Five’s Marion Ali begins coverage of this story at the scene of the crime.

Marion Ali, Reporting

Residents of Albert Street West heard a single gunshot just after watching the evening news.  When they looked outside they saw fifty-three year old Rodwell Williams, the law partner of the Prime Minister at the law offices of Barrow and Williams, lying on the company’s parking lot a few yards away from the office building. Williams had just retired from work for the day and was walking towards his vehicle along with a security guard when two men approached them and shot Williams.

Residents came out and saw two men running up Albert Street West towards the Yabra area. Williams was rushed to the Belize Heath Care Partners Limited for medical attention while police arrived on the scene and scoured for whatever evidence that was left behind. The only information they released on the incident came in the form of a sketchy press release which states that Williams was shot to the abdomen and the two men who shot him approached on a bicycle.  The police report also states that one of the culprits searched Williams’ companion before they shot him. Police also say they detained two men and that their investigations to determine a motive continue.

Meanwhile today, family and friends surrounded Williams as he was discharged from the Belize Health Care Partners to a waiting ambulance.  He was shuttled to an air ambulance which flew him to Jacksonville, Florida for advance medical treatment.  Marion Ali for News Five.

Since the shooting of Senior Counsel Rodwell Williams around eight o’clock last night Belize City police have launched an intense investigation into the incident and by noon this afternoon P.M. Barrow announced that two suspects have been detained for questioning.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I will simply say that the police have some persons of interest to whom they are speaking and it is my hope that they can quickly get to the bottom of what is, on the face of it, so brazen and brutal and vicious. I hope that very soon the police will be able to tell us not only who did it but why this absolutely cowardly assault was perpetrated against him.”

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51 Responses for “Rodwell Williams shot outside Barrow and Williams”

  1. Who are we to judge says:

    We are all part of the problem. Please do not point fingers at each other. From Great Britian that brought us here, left us with the practice of begging for everything and not working hard to get it. The government (both Parties) that make us do those Wednesday clinics instead of giving us jobs to earn honest living. Those who fled the country leaving their children to be raised by grandparents and then turn around and wonder what happen to our children. The schools, churches and organizations that have being turning an eye to morale issues in Belize. The teachers who come to work for the money and not the love of the children. If a child displays any problems they are put aside and ignored. Let’s not talk about our health officials. Parents that say “My son is innocent” yet hide the evidence of their crimes and live off their ill rewards. People like me who were lucky enough to get an education and a decent job but have not turned around and mentored or help others to climb up. All of us who have ignored the advice of our elders and instead leave them both physically and mentally. We are all equal partners in making Belize the way it is. Do not blame only the politicians we put them there. I voted for Mr. Barrow even though I once had a meeting with him and he spent the entire meeting looking out the window and ignoring me. I think how stupid I am to vote for someone who did not have the manners to listen to his fellow human being for five minutes? Yes Belize we are all to blame. As Jack Smith said “You ask for it”

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