Several individuals shot during violent weekend
Four hours after the murder of Joseph Myers, shots rang out again; this time on Faber’s Road Extension. Twenty-three year old construction worker, Byron James, was walking home when a man fully dressed in black fired several shots at him, hitting him on the right side of his abdomen and right arm. The violence spread to Saturday and once again on Maskall Street at its junction with Neal’s Pen Road, twenty-three year old Douglas Flores Jr. was shot to the right leg. According to Flores, he was talking to a friend on Maskall Street just before five p.m., when they were approached by a man known to him only as K-Dog who was brandishing a firearm. A struggle broke out during which Flores Jr. was shot. The gunman fired other shots and but missed his mark. Elsewhere in the City another shooting has left residents of an affluent neighborhood shaken up. The fourth shooting for the weekend occurred in the Buttonwood Bay Area of Belize City. According to police twenty-one year old Paul Burgess was walking on Palm Dale Drive when he was pursued by two men. In fear of his life, Burgess sought assistance but his two aggressors followed him and one of them fired two shots towards him. He was injured on the upper left shoulder and left index finger. Police Press Officer, Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood explains.
Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer
“He was being chased by two persons known to him. Upon arrival at the house, he asked them to lend him a machete or something to protect himself when one of these persons fired several shots at him injuring him. The geometrical setup would want to suggest that yes we had seven people shot over the weekend. But one incident alone was five and this five was a result of a rival between two sets. We have apprehended and arrested and charged the orchestrators of that murder and we hope to put them in front of the court. We wouldn’t want the public to say that things have erupted. This is an ongoing situation between these two groups. We have caught the head of it and hopefully that this is the end of that rivalry between them noh.”
There was a fifth shooting in the Old Capital, but fortunately no one was injured. Twenty-five year old Emil Audinett reported to police that while he was sitting at the bus stop at the corner of Mahogany and Santa Barbara Streets, he heard the cranking of a firearm. When he turned around, a man was pointing a firearm to his head. Audinett pushed away the firearm and ran for his life. As he was pursued by the gunman, several shots were fired at him, but missed.