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Feb 7, 2005

Shopkeeper charged in wounding of teen

Story PictureSeparate shooting incidents over the weekend in Belize City sent two people to the hospital, a businessman to police lockup and authorities searching for one of the trigger men. Thirty two year old Robert Buckley of Castle Street in Belize City told authorities that around five thirty on Sunday evening, he went to a shop near the intersection of Fabers Road and Central American Boulevard to buy something to drink. Sometime during the transaction however, he and the shop’s owner, Ming Li Zhong, got into an argument. Buckley claims that he then rode off on his bike but as he did so, Ming came out of his shop with a blazing gun. While Buckley somehow managed to escape the hot lead, a fifteen-year-old bystander was not so lucky. One of the bullets grazed the upper part of his thigh. He is currently undergoing treatment for his injury at the KHMH. Police have since arrested Ming for use of deadly means of harm, aggravated assault, wounding and discharging a firearm in public. Six hours after the shooting at the Fabers Road junction, bullets were again flying, this time on Amara Avenue. Twenty-one year old Moses Middleton told police he was riding along that street when upon reaching the intersection with King Street, a man riding in the opposite direction, pulled out a gun and fired a single shot that found its mark in the side of Middleton’s head near his right eye. Middleton remains in serious but stable condition at the KHMH. He tells police that he does not know who shot him or why. No suspect has yet been identified.

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