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Jul 15, 2016

Belize City Man is Shot Near La Croix Boulevard, Cop is Detained for Questioning

Twenty-nine-year-old Nigel Castillo was shot on Thursday night in the vicinity of La Croix Boulevard in the old capital, a short distance away from where police have established a checkpoint.  Around nine p.m., Castillo was on the basketball court behind the Charles Bartlett Hyde Building when he was fired upon.  During the incident he was shot once to the lower abdomen.  When police responded to the scene of the shooting they discovered Castillo bleeding from his injury and immediately transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.  A subsequent investigation into the incident led to the recovery of a pair of firearms, as well as the detention of two persons, including a police constable.  According to Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, the shooting is not believed to be gang-related, but was triggered by an altercation which took place on the court earlier.  On Wednesday, officers attached to Eastern Division South descended on the area for their weekly meet and greet initiative and when we spoke with Senior Superintendent Alden Dawson, he told us that the crime situation in the La Croix Boulevard neighborhood had been stemmed by active police presence.


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