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Aug 25, 2017

Two detained as police probe murder of Windell Gibson

There have now been four murders in Belize City in as many days, and seven so far in the month of August. At news time Thursday evening, twenty-six-year-old Windell Gibson of Lawrence Avenue, Belize City, lay dead in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital of multiple gunshot wounds. He was shot as many as eight times in Lindo’s Alley across from the Conch Shell Bay Fish Market, in full of view of spectators buying and conducting business. Twenty-four-year old Keron Santos, originally of Pomona, Stann Creek District, but now living in the City, was meanwhile being treated for a serious gunshot wound to the left upper arm near the shoulder. Santos is now in stable condition, and two persons are in police custody. But not much more is known about the reason behind the targeting of two acquaintances conducting a business transaction. Gibson was a man not known to be a troublemaker, and even police say he was in the wrong place at the wrong time – with fatal consequences. Aaron Humes reports.


Aaron Humes, Reporting

This morning police had established a permanent presence at the corner of Ebony Street and West Collet Canal, overlooking Conch Shell Bay. Officers were stationed under a tent with the dark blue precinct vehicles roving nearby.


Supt. Alejandro Cowo, O.C., CIB, Belize City Police

“There will be several patrols that will be implemented for this weekend, so that we can try [and] maintain minimal crime in the area.”


It comes too late for twenty-six-year-old Windell Gibson, shot to death Thursday evening while delivering fish to an acquaintance, twenty-four-year-old Karron Santos, across the canal at Lindos Alley. While police are not sure of a motive, there is a hint that the past violence in the area may be a factor.


Supt. Alejandro Cowo

Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“What we have gathered so far is that Santos was walking on Lindos Alley when two male persons approached him on a motorcycle and one of the persons fired several shots in their direction, causing the fatal injuries to Windell Gibson. So far, police have detained two persons that we believe can assist in the investigation, and the investigation continues at this moment.”



“From the pattern of the shooting, is there any indication that these two were walking together, or is it that one of them happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time?”


Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“We can say that the victim was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”


“That would be Gibson?


Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“That would be Gibson, yes.”



“Sir, is there any indication that they were the intended targets – that either Gibson or Santos was the intended target?”


Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“No, we do not suspect that any one of them were the intended target at this moment.”



“I understand that this may have been a retaliation for incidents that happened earlier in the year?”


Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“We have certain information that we are following up right now that I think can assist us in the investigation at this time.”


Reports from the scene suggest that Gibson was shot first by the lone gunman and his companion managed to escape. Santos was then shot nearby. It may all be connected to the year’s first murder that of Colin Sutherland, which has provoked repeated outbursts of violence since. While Gibson’s family would not comment at all to News Five, a member of Santos’ family confirmed that he had no role to play in the sudden outburst even though he was apparently picked out by the gun man.


Voice of: Sister of Shooting Victim

“He hadn’t seen who fired the shots, but he was riding and he heard when a motorcycle slow down behind him and he hear the shooter ask the driver of the cycle if he is one of them and the driver responded, ‘Yes, he live through yah,’ and he said from that moment he realized the gunman draw backwards to pull out a gun and that’s when he dropped the bike and ran. He said the gunman fired the shot in his direction which caught him in the upper left side of his chest and he said he had no idea the fisherman he was talking to got shot, because none of them was the target; he said he heard seven shots continue, but he never knew they were shooting at the other person. He used to live in the area, he had his family in the area but he moved from the area a while now; and sometimes he still come around to visit the guys because he used to live around them. And we always warned him; from the time he moved from around there he had no reason to go back there but he still kept going back to visit.”


After a crime that is equal parts bravado and improper execution – since they did not get the target – could the perpetrators be thinking of striking again, if police don’t get to them first? The answer leaves a neighborhood, and a city, on edge. Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.


According to police, the third man who escaped the gunman’s clutches has not been located.


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