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Dec 12, 2014

Another Late-Evening Shooting in Mahogany Heights

Joel Seawell and four other persons were ambushed on Wednesday evening in the Mahogany Heights area on the George Price Highway. Members of the group, including a woman, were headed home through a picado road, when they came under fire.  Seawell was the only one to be hit by the barrage of shots fired at the group. He was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital and then transported to the K.H.M.H. where he is in a stable condition. Police soon after detained a twenty-six year old resident, also of Mahogany Heights. Duane Moody reports from Tiger Alley in Mahogany Heights where the shooting took place.


Duane Moody (Stand Up)

“This path that I’m currently on is referred to as Tiger’s Alley in the Mahogany Heights Community between miles twenty-nine and thirty on the George Price Highway. This was the scene of a shooting on Wednesday night. Joel Seawell and four other persons, including a female, was heading home when they were ambushed by a lone gunman. They all ran for their lives as the gunman opened fire on them. Seawell was shot twice—once to the face and to the back—but he nevertheless ran towards the highway to Tiger Sandy Bar Farms Limited for assistance.”


Voice of: Elizabeth Archer, Aunt of Shooting Victim

“He lived at his own house weh he rent and he come dah my house yesterday morning and tell me auntie I gwen go buy some few things. I say yo gwen go pick up yo lee pay; ih say ih think so. That dah weh I think ih gone do; pick up ih lee money, buy ih lee groceries and thing fi come back up home. But it so happen that when ih reach up wah another amount of people mi di walk through the shortcut by Sandy Bay area deh dah mahogany heights and it look like somebody chase di people dehn and di fire gunshot want dehn stop fi make dehn rob them and ih look like he mi deh dah back with ih earpiece pan ih ears and he get the shot up…dehn shot up him.”


The twenty-two year old was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan before he was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City, where he is in a stable condition.


Voice of: Elizabeth Archer

“The police gone out there, dehn find ih body and rush ahn dah Belmopan hospital and then dehn bring ahn dah Belize yah fi stabilize ahn cause ih mi deh bad though.”


Duane Moody

“How is he doing now?”


Voice of: Elizabeth Archer

“Well I guess ih wah live through it noh; thank God. We have to give God the thanks cause that dah weh we need right now; we need God ina wi life because so much crime and violence and the way how thing di go.”


Duane Moody

“Is he talking right now?”


Voice of: Elizabeth Archer

“Ih can’t talk right now because ih have wah thing dah ih throat…like ih can’t breathe on ih won. But I guess ih wah pull through though.”


Duane Moody

“What are the doctors saying?”


Voice of: Elizabeth Archer

“Well dehn noh di say nothing right now. I noh di get know answer if…you know.”


According to his aunt, Elizabeth Archer, Seawell had just moved to the area about two weeks ago and was the target of a robbery.


Voice of: Elizabeth Archer

“Robbery; they mi want rob the people like I say. [Them] fire gunshots to hold them up but everybody run and he mi deh dah back so he get shot up. Somebody else mi get shot, but me noh know about that one.  About lee bit less than two weeks ih move up deh now…”


Duane Moody

“Fi something like this to happen…”


Voice of: Elizabeth Archer

“I di tell yo. Ih mi di live dah Ladyville, but ih move from there because ih say the rent too high weh ih mi di live. he mi want a cheaper place fi live due to weh ih deh di work pan dah same stretch deh weh part…the western road area. So that’s all I could say.”


A twenty-six-year-old resident, also of Mahogany Heights Village, has been detained pending investigation. Duane Moody for News Five.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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