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Mar 24, 2014

Family traumatized following shootings on Pigeon Street

Police in Rural Belize District had their hands full over the weekend. There were a number of traffic accidents which we will have later in the newscast, but there were also two shootings which occurred in proximity of the police station on Pigeon Street in the Ladyville Community. One person was injured and there was damage to property. Duane Moody reports.

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Duane Moody, Reporting

There were two separate shooting incidents in the Ladyville Community over the weekend. A family is traumatized after several bullets penetrated their house while in the other shooting, one person was injured. Police say both shootings occurred on Pigeon Street just a block away from the police station—first on Saturday morning around one a.m. and then on Sunday evening around six. In the first case, a man was hit, treated and released from the hospital. In the second instance, police say that a male person riding on a bicycle on Pigeon Street opened fire at two male persons standing by a car; one of those persons retuned fire.

 

ASP Christopher Noble, Rural Executive Officer, Police Department

Christopher Noble

“On Saturday morning sometime after one-thirty, the police visited an area on Pigeon Street…a gentleman had gone to a police officer and reported that he had been injured the person was taken to the military hospital, assisted and then taken to the Karl Heusner. He has been released. The preliminary on that is that somebody had fired shots indiscriminately. We don’t know if it was at somebody, but pellets had hit that person.  On Sunday, sometime after five p.m., shots were fired on the Same Pigeon Street. So both incidents did occur on Pigeon Street. We don’t have any reported injuries at this point, but we are looking into it. Several calibers of weapons were used and there are players that we are looking for.”

 

Fifty-six year old Margie Evans lives at the corner of Pigeon and Crabcatcher Streets. Just as she was about to have dinner with her family, they had to take cover as two bullets penetrated her house, while another entered the home of her daughter-in-law located within the same yard. Evans told the media that she has been living at that location for twenty-one years.

 

Voice of: Margie Evans, Bullet Penetrated Home

“We heard like three gunshots first…I thought it was pop-shot. Like three first and then afterwards like ten more right after the other. One of my sons was sitting in the chair and that’s when he said mommy, duck…go down because dah gunshot. I didn’t see where the gunshot came from; we were sitting around the table. I just went to the ground and after that about another five more shots. It was at least twenty shots. After everything cool off that’s when I got up and ran downstairs to see how my grandkids were because my grandkids were downstairs.  I didn’t even hear it come through the window—in front of the house, the glass window. After looking around, we saw the window was broken; thank god it went on the side so it hit some boar and the bullet was on the ground. It was not until the police came ten, fifteen minutes after, the police looked around and found the bullet on a small table I had next to the window. Then after searching the yard, there was another hole at the top close to the zinc; that one came through and the police found that too. And then downstairs where my son lives, they found another bullet which penetrated the front door; thank god my grandkids weren’t around and nobody got hurt.”

 

Whether both incidents are related is currently under investigation. Duane Moody for News Five.

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2 Responses for “Family traumatized following shootings on Pigeon Street”

  1. BelizeanInAsia says:

    It is heartbreaking and sickening when you see your old neighborhood has been torn apart by ruthless crimes. It makes every thought of going back home to live something to reconsider. Ladyville will never be the same as when we were growing up. Belize will never be the same.

  2. Elgin Martinez says:

    What else can we expect in a Country where the Leaders are corrupt and people are allowed to commit murder with impunity.

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