James Swan Junior murdered in Corozal
There’s a highly sensational murder to report tonight. The son of the well known James ‘Raindrops’ Swan, was killed over the weekend. Recently, thirty year old James Swan Junior was named in the double murder of Charlie Espat and Eduardo Daniel Alamilla, who were found in a shallow grave in Santa Marta Village, Orange Walk. On Sunday night, Swan Junior was shot multiple times in front of a supermarket in close proximity of the Corozal Town police station. It’s reported that he was with his two children and their mother when a man pulled out a gun and fired several times, hitting Swan and a man with whom Swan was engaged in conversation. Police are still trying to piece together the pieces of this latest killing and are not ruling out that it was a hit. News Five’s Andrea Polanco reports.
Andrea Polanco, Reporting
Thirty year old James Patrick Swan Jr. was gunned down in front of the Deng’s Supermarket on Seventh Avenue in Corozal Town. On Sunday night shortly before seven- thirty, Swan was said to be parked in his vehicle talking with another a man, Ajay Bajay, when the gun man walked up and fired multiple shots. Bajay was hit twice whilst Swan Junior was fatally shot five times.
Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood, Press Officer
“They saw one Ajay Bajay, thirty-eight year old Indian suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to his right hand and left foot. Police also visited the Corozal Community Hospital where they saw the lifeless body of James Patrick Swan Junior, thirty years laborer of number 34 Fresh Pond Burrell Boom Village. He was seen suffering from multiple gunshot wounds—two to the right side of the head, three to the chest and the stomach area. Initial investigations reveal that Swan arrived in front of the supermarket where he began to speak to Bajay when a dark complexioned male person came from behind a fence near the supermarket and fired several shots at him. Police recovered ten expended shells on the scene. Swan was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital; Bajay was treated for his injury and it was classified as wounding.”
Swan, it appears was the intended target of the hail of bullets. The murder has the trappings of a hit; but it’s too early for police to determine why he was killed execution style.
Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood
“Well we haven’t established a motive as yet, but this would want to appear to be one; [given] the nature of how it took place.”
Patrick Jones, Love FM
“Do the police know who the suspected gunman is?”
“Not as yet; unknown to the police.”
“But the investigation tells you that it was a dark complexioned person that did the shooting?”
Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood
“Yes but that doesn’t mean that that person has been identified. We can give a description about a person, but not know who that person is. They’re just saying that he was dressed in a t-shirt, came out a dark area from behind a fence.”
“In this particular person is in relation to the store the incident took place?”
Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood
“No, actually the name of the Supermarket is Deng’s Supermarket owned by a Chinese businessman.”
“So was he just an innocent bystander who was talking to Swan?”
“It would appear to be so. But we wouldn’t want to speculate. This is a murder so it is too early for us to answer questions like that.”
From all accounts, when he was alive, Swan walked on the other side of the law. In the early 2000 he was identified in the shooting of Alfred Conorquie; later on in October 2005 he was one of the men inside a vehicle where an unlicensed loaded revolver was found; another man took the rap. Then in February 2006 Swan was one of the five men inside a vehicle that was ambushed on Dean Street; the vehicle was shot at multiple times and three of the men were injured. Back then police said it was clearly not a random act; someone inside the vehicle was a wanted man. Later that year, in May 2006 Swan Jr was charged with the murder of twenty-four year old Tyrone Felix; Felix was killed on the Gill Street where he was shot in the back of the head on the morning of Mother’s Day. It was alleged that Swan’s vehicle was seen fleeing the scene. But in 2007, the prosecution withdrew the charge against Swan when a nolle prosequi motion was called. In April of 2011, Swan’s family home was raided by the GSU; it was alleged that weed and an empty cartridge were discovered. James Swan Jr, along with his parents and a sibling were detained. Months later they went on to beat the charges. Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.