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Mar 29, 2011

Mechanic shot on Tigris Street

Charles Heusner

In our newscast on Monday night, we reported that six persons had been shot over the weekend; two did not survive the gunfire. Early this morning, a shooting in the heart of a known hotspot on the south side of Belize City has landed a marine mechanic in the trauma room at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.  Sometime shortly before seven o’clock this morning thirty-seven year old Charles Heusner, a resident of Tigris Street left home to purchase breakfast on nearby Plues Street when he was assailed by a lone gunman who, sources say, let loose as many as nine shots at him.  Heusner, who was hit a total of five times, managed to ride his bicycle in the direction of the Mesopotamia Police Substation on Dean Street where he collapsed as a result of his injuries.  News Five spoke with his mother Bertha Heusner who told us how she learned of her son’s shooting.

Bertha Heusner, Mother of Shooting Victim

Bertha Heusner

“Well I got the news; I went to Belmopan this morning.  Like six-thirty I took the bus to go to the Lands Department and as the bus landed eight o’clock the phone rang and they tell me Charlie get shot.  What! I said right.  I got stunned, we walked out and I gone to mi sister, I have a sister in Belmopan and that’s how my nephew brought me back to the hospital.”

Isani Cayetano

“I understand that he left his home on Tigris Street to go and buy breakfast at the point where he got shot.”

Bertha Heusner

“He gone buy Johnny Cake dah Plues Street, buy Johnny Cake and he told me he buy the Johnny Cake and he rode up Plues Street into South Street and that’s where they shot him.  But he didn’t even realize he got shot until the other shots hit him noh.”

Isani Cayetano

“And I understand that he tried to make his way in the direction of the police substation in Mesopotamia area.”

Bertha Heusner

“Well I didn’t hear that. I didn’t hear that.”

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer

Fitzroy Yearwood

“He was approached from behind by a fair complexion male person who opened fire at him.  He was hit around five times and [uhm] he continued riding his bicycle where he collapsed on Dean Street.  Mr Heusner was transported to the KHMH where he is listed in a serious but stable condition. First of all Mr. Heusner is not involved in any gang activities.  We’re looking at a hard working individual; a contributor to society and for us to associate him with any gang would be unfair to him.  This is a shooting that we would have to say is isolated from the usual gang related shootings but at the same time we still need to establish the motive f this shooting.  For us to say that this is directly associated to the spate of shootings that took place over the weekend that would be an unfair statement.”

Bertha Heusner

“I know Charlsie, he’s my son for thirty-seven years and who woulda know ah more than me right, not him.  He is not a liability to this country.  He’s an asset.  He’s a certified marine mechanic.  How many of them [do] we have in Belize? He’s in demand.”

The shooting of Charles Heusner comes three days after the vicious murder of nineteen year old Shamir Medina in the same neighborhood last Friday.  Heusner was hit multiple times to the left hip, right foot, right upper back and left chest.  Belize City police are now looking for one suspect in connection with the early morning shooting.

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17 Responses for “Mechanic shot on Tigris Street”

  1. Disgusted! says:

    ANOTHER NORMAL DAY IN PARADISE………..NEXT VICTIM FOR WEDNESDAY PLEEEASE!

  2. mail man says:

    QUESTION ——– INFORMATION———– WHAT IS THE AMOUNT OF TIME POLICE TAKE TO INVESTIGATE A CRIME SEEN — ONE SEC . TWO MINS. —- HALF HOUR ——TRAIN POLICE WILL TAKE WHAT IT TAKES TO FIND THESE KILLERS WHO ARE KILLING OVER AND OVER BECAUSE IT IS A FUN FOR THEM AND A DISGRACE FOR THE POLICE DEPT ———- WHO APPEARS TO BE UNTRAINED OR DOING DIRTY JOB ——-[ THERE IS A WORD CALL SPECIAL INFORMATION MISSING IN THIS POLICE DEPT . FROM BIG TO SMALL ——— SMALL CITY — NO POLICE — NO LAW — ONLY KILLING AND KILLING PEOPLE –SOME CHANGE NEED NOW ———-GOD IS GOOD HE SEE EVERYTHING IN TINY BELIZE THE LAWLESS LAND AND THE DIRTY POLICE DEPT

  3. corf says:

    I think these guys are simply trigger happy. They have nothing better to do than to go around shooting randomly at innocent people like its the wild wild west. Hope they catch him soon.

  4. rod says:

    and the carnage continue with no action from this gov. and pm i have been telling all of you march march on this useless impotent gov. their is no kind of leadership in the country all we have is a judas in charge of something he has no ability at guan guan barrow you are a disgrace to belize and its people .now they are killing at will all the criminals have finally digested the incompetence of this gov. and are no longer in douth that they are in charge of belize rise up belizeans you might be next.

  5. champ says:

    the goverment, the goverment soon people will need to stop relay on them to secure our citizen and kids future because they don’t want to spend in security for our country, watch how application forms for Police and BDF were filled out and not even half the amount was accepted for training thousands over the past years but yet the Ministers have security watch and patrol watch for thier own comfort mean while our innocent people keep falling on the streets and in the hands of these worthless criminals My suggestion :- YOU KILL THEN YOU DESERVE TO GET PUT IN JAIL AND NEVER SEE THE OUTSIDE WORLD AGAIN OR CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IF IT INTENS TO GET WORST TO HELL WITH HUMAN RIGHTS.

  6. drama says:

    Early dah mawnin serious man dah soh hungry we youths dem hungry dat deh haffi shoot man fi deh johnny cake? Jus ask di man ohhhhh maybe dem mi think dah herbs di man gawn buy and deh try jacka…http://power92fm.listen2myradio.com/ 6:30-8:00pm 100%mix with my youth Dj Massive Stap the killing and increase the living…

  7. Blind Eye Jamesie says:

    This person is not affililiated with any gang but it is still a gang related crime as anyone can see these people are targeted based on where they live, hang out, or you may just be passing by that area. certain areas in the city are associated with rival gangs and therefore if one of mine gets shot today I will shoot 2 of yours (anybody in that neighborhood) tomorrow. channel 5 and 7 need to stop showing every evening mothers crying police brutality for their little Junie who just smoke weed and teef sometime, e no deserve that. Allow the police to deal with the criminal element in our society, the coverage is seriously slanted towards the criminals. these crying moms do a much better job of presenting their case than Yearwood.
    Hope you do well Charles

  8. Bengal says:

    My prayers go out to Charlie and his family.
    I have known him 4 many years because we went to Natius together.
    I wish you a speedy recovery and after your recovery make sure you go and get your weapon’s license and that you stay with it on your person.
    Belize is in a serious state right now.
    Its either kill or be killed.
    I don’t condone killing someone because life is precious; its supposed to be sacred.
    But I justify popping these hoodlums and leaving their mangled bodies lying in the streets.
    If they can rob a policeman at a police station of his weapon what they wouldn’t to me, you. yoh ma, yoh pa, yoh bredda or yoh sista?
    Since the police and the legal and judicial system can’t gi wi justice we have to mek it street justice.
    Its you or dem.
    I knew they had to sneak up and shoot you like a coward because I remember me , you, Pitter and Rhett(RIP) used to throw and still throw those blows mean from the shoulders.

  9. Byrd says:

    When I left Bz in 1970, to come to the United States; there was no shootings nor killings happening in Bz. And that is because there were no guns on the streets. HOW DID ALL THESE GUNS CROSS THE BORDER? We have to hold the Gov responsible. And Bz had a night life! They had (3) movie theaters and the stores closed at 9:00 pm. Now downtown Bz is completely dark at 6:00 pm. The movie theaters closed, I guess, because Bz has TV now, and belizeans stay home and watch TV. In the UK the cops don’t even carry guns. The Gov needs to focus on getting the GUNS off the streets and out of the hands of the criminals. And it seems like that is easier said than none…

  10. Mad! says:

    I agree with “blind eye Jamesie”, but the truth is, the Police are better at street justice than they are at putting together a winning case, so much so that even mediocre lawyers are considered unbeatable in Court. The end result is a crime rigged city, a bunch of crooks in High Public offices, and Cabinet, outnumbering the few good and competent cops left on the BPF.
    @ Champ, who other than GOB has the money, the Power, the OBLIGATION, and legal authority to secure the general public?

  11. Byrd says:

    Well, with all the crime, shootings and killings happening in Bz, it’s just a shame. We’re talking about kids being raise in that inviroment. Bz is their home. And it does’nt matter how bad the neighborhoods are, people still live in all those neighborhoods. Therefore, if you living their, you know who all the criminals and thugs are, but they’re afraid to speak – up. Only when the victim is one of their family members, then it is a problem.

  12. Earl Grey says:

    We need that PRISON FARM………WHERE CULPRITS WHO COMMIT THESE CRIMES are sent TO WORK.

    There they can EARN THEIR KEEP and CONTRIBUTE TO THE REST OF SOCIETY….at no cost to tax-payers.

    BUILD A PRISON FARM IN TOLEDO……….Kolbe is too close to Belize City.

  13. crime free belize says:

    My fellow belizeans,it is always easier to lay the blame of our social ill’s on our government,or on the backs of hard working belizeans.Well i believe everything starts at home,some of these mother’s sit infront of the camera,and cry about the injustice being carried out against their sons,the same one’s that prey upon innocent hard working belizeans.These same mother’s that is fully aware of the criminal activities their son’s and daughter’s are involved in,condone those activities by looking the other way.PUP or UDP,none of which has belize at heart,belize is merely a stepping stone to enrich themselves,we as belizeans need to learn how to be better judges of character,before voting in politicians that will be looking out for the good of you,and the area you live in,they should be looking out for the good of the entire country of belize.A lot of our fellow belizeans has grown accustomed to free hand out’s,which has become a burden to our working class.

  14. dallyc says:

    Belize need to an Electric Chair or Gas Chamber for these guy down there…. Then they will start getting the SENSE

  15. Swamp Dragon says:

    Hang em high! Chain gang! Operation Jaguar Permanently! Put the BDF to work! 24 hour patrol squads, locked and loaded! The effort must be made. It is possible.

  16. ReVoLuTiOn says:

    I am sick of hearing all these wicked crimes happening. Why don’t we hear the leaders of Belize coming out and trying to really do something about the crime situation? what is wrong? They can’t do anything? Is it beyond their control? Or they just don’t care as long as they are not being directly affected? Somebody please break it down to me?

  17. chris says:

    them youth ya just no have no sense enoh, all dem a do a tek innocent life man. the government need fi hang them backside! me even feel like him involve in a this senseless crime spree taking over the country enoh him need fi check himself

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