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Jun 18, 2012

Shots fired into a group; one dead, several injured

Joseph Myers

In the Old Capital, a group of eight persons came under gunfire at about seven o’clock on Friday night. It all happened on the verandah of a school on Maskall Street. The group, including a sixteen year old female minor, was hanging out at the Living Hope Preparatory School when gunmen rode up and unleashed a hail of bullets. The eight fled for cover but the bullets hit four of them, including Joseph Myers, also known as Chino. Myers was transported to the K.H.M.H. and died whole undergoing surgery. Freelance reporter Duane Moody reports.

 

Voice of: Eyewitness #1

“The amount of shots weh I hear noh; hmmm dah like you hear seven, then you hear five and then you hear four so. A nice lee amount. There was more than one; more than one. Because the amount of fire weh shot, I say mien. And then kids were on the streets too.”

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The shooting occurred sometime after seven on Friday night, as a barrage of bullets was fired at a group of eight persons as they sat socializing in front of Living Hope Preparatory School on Maskall Street. At least two gunmen approached and opened fire. Eyewitnesses say members of the group ran for cover; approximately eighteen shots were heard.

 

Voice of: Danny Maskall, Brother of Shooting Victim

“We just di heng out di take wah drink cause I noh live da Belize City. We di heng out; ih get dark; all ah we di associate like normal. All we hear dah one shot bang—everybody di scatter. I gone fi grab and dash he over the verandah, but he gwen different direction from me. So I just jump over the verandah and I get wah lee cover and when I look now I see and I di holler for everybody and nobody di answer. When I look I see my lee bredda di come from the school area and he just holler, I get shot.”

 

Voice of: Eyewitness # 1

“Well we neva really know dah who get shot right cause that same night when the thing happen, I was standing inside and I saw the young men with the guns the shoot cause you could see the fire the come out of the gun, right.  They just mi di relax; heng out as usual dih relax and the chill with friends di take wah lee tat you know for the Friday night. Every Friday night people woulda relax with their friend. Just the relax as usual.  Some of them ran for their lives—ran; like feared for their lives that someone was going to kill you. They ran; they really ran. I saw it with my own eyes.”

 

Voice of: Eyewitness #2

“I look outside through my door and I see wah young man jump over the fence. When I look ih get up again and ih run. Ih run right on the palette in front of my house. We pick up ahn, we back ahn outside and we try to get him to a hospital but same time the police dehn come and they pick up ahn. And when we look up the street, we see Fenton Maskall—we neva know that he get shot too. So they hurry hail he and they put them into the police car and they ker two ah then to the hospital.”

 

Four persons: twenty year old Elvis Olivera, twenty-one year old Joseph Myers, twenty-four year old Fenton Maskall and a female minor, were hit to various parts of their bodies. Minutes later, Myers, A.K.A. “Chino,” succumbed to gunshot injuries while receiving treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

 

Fitzroy Yearwood

Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer

“Two gunmen approached; actually three persons approached—two producing firearms. They opened fire in the direction. They injured Fenton Maskall and fatally injuring Joseph Myers. A sixteen year old female was also injured in this incident and another male person by the name of Olivera. These persons were transported to the K.H.M.H. where a little after eight, unfortunately Myers succumbed to his injury.”

 

According to relatives and friends, Myers was innocently killed.

 

Voice of: Eyewitness # 1

“He noh really deh ina gang. He dah wah nice person, ih honest, ih like laugh, ih like play; ih like give ih lee jokes and thing. So I noh know what da the reason why they shot di young man fah.”

 

Voice of: Eyewitness #2

“I mi really get frighten because my son, he just eight years old and he was outside too. He not even mi deh inside. So I mi really, really frighten because around here we noh used to that and then he noh used to that that is a gunshot because that neva happen around here.”

 

The murder is said to have stemmed from ongoing gang rivalry.

 

Voice of: Danny Maskall

“It’s just a lee old time simpleness and wah lee misunderstanding thing and it slight get outta hand; that kinda way.”

 

Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood

“These people are tired of this ongoing rivalry between two groups who live not too far from each other.”

 

Jules Vasquez, 7 News

“Have you all stepped up patrol in the area; we note there is a school—in fact it happened on the verandah of a school?”

 

Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood

“We have stepped up our patrol. And we have police officers presently canvassing that area. We are trying our best to resolve this situation.”

 

Three persons have since been arrested and charged with murder and three counts of attempted murder. They are William Vasquez, Andy “Ants Head” Forbes and Clinton Harris. Duane Moody for News Five.

 

In an update to another recent homicide, thirty-three year old Hernan Castillo has been arrested and charged for the murder of Javier Ack. Ack was stabbed to death on Thursday night while socializing in Yo Creek Village, Orange Walk.

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10 Responses for “Shots fired into a group; one dead, several injured”

  1. Storm says:

    Another success for Hon. Barrow’s gang truce! The result of our PM’s policy is the bloodiest year in the history of the nation, a bloodbath.

    When your policy fails, it is insanity to continue it.

  2. Rod says:

    Damm yearwood no move from tha seat now the gov. Is trying to blame all murders on gangs well a lot of these murders are innocent people with no gang affiliation but the useless pm and gov. Are now trying to cover up their impotence.

  3. Disown mi country says:

    I agree with you Rod. Like I said before, Belize….the Wild,Wild West. Stay away would be visitors. Spend your dollars elsewhere.

  4. BMNJ says:

    At least one person in that group being shot at is either a gang member or gang affiliated. ‘Boys’ and ‘girls’ try to find out the backgrounds of your so called ‘friends’ and those who you are hanging out with. By doing a little research will at least reduce the probability of you getting shot at because of one person in that group who is either a gang member or gang affiliate.

  5. SP says:

    WTF? ‘a lee misunderstanding and slight get outta hand.’ So that warrants murder? Remember people even you no look fi trouble, trouble might come look fi you!

    To disown mi country, i can tell you are not living/working in Belize. There are still plenty places that would be visitors could go to. Stop talking BS, cause a lot of people here still work for the tourism dalla, and we strive to keep these places as safe as we can. So be careful that immigration does not stop you at the next check point or you will be forced to come back and see how we earn our $$ in what we can still call home.

    SP

  6. Sasha says:

    Plain & Simple, if you know someone is a gang member & u love your life don’t hang around these WORTHLESSNESS because that is exactly what your life will become.

  7. melinda bejerano says:

    Let me say htis: it is out of hand. All of us black people killing each other as if life is worth nothing. Any lee argument and we pick up gun and machete. WE have to wiipe out the gangs, and no, i will not condemn my country for the sake of a small crazy head minority whose parents chose America rather than bear it out here in Belize like the rest of us. Frig them, one day there will be none left standing, just i pray for the innocent victims. Parents dont let your children hang out with gang members: its not cool. Lash them bottom if they no listen, to hell with NOPCA. What was a 16 year old girl doing there? Di sprang?

  8. Disown mi country says:

    SP,that’s the point. Cut off the tourism dollar and the government will be forced to take action.

  9. ProudBelizean says:

    Such senseless acts of violence. Mr. Prime Minister please hear the cries of the Belizean people. WE NEED HELP! To all the Belizean fathers… when you stand up our boys will sit down.

  10. KINGSHIT says:

    ALL A UNU THE CRY FI THE PRIME MINISTER IF UNU ME PUT THE RIGHT MAN WHO CARE FI THE COUNTRY OR WOMEN THIS NEVER WILL GO ON THIS LONG BUT NOW UNU !@#$ UP BIG TIME BELIZEAN BIG TIME UNU PUT PARTY OVA UNU COUNTRY

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