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Feb 12, 2018

Couple Shot Inside Store in Orange Walk

Jessica Melendez & Amin Mendez Jr.

A man and his girlfriend were shot in Orange Walk on Sunday night. Police say that twenty-four-year-old Amin Mendez Junior and twenty-year-old Jessica Melendez were inside Mendez’s grocery shop on the corner of Liberty Avenue and Boundary Road when a man entered the store and fired several shots. Mendez was hit to the lower left leg and the bullet exited the back of his calf, while Melendez was shot to the left side of her knee. Assistant Superintendent Alejandro Cowo gives us the details of this shooting.


Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“On the eleventh of February sometime after eight-forty p.m., Orange Walk Police responded to a shooting incident. They visited the Northern Regional Hospital where they observed a male and female injured. The male person is twenty-four-year-old Amin Mendez Junior and twenty-year-old Jessica Melendez. Amin Mendez had a single gunshot to the lower left leg and Jessica Melendez suffered a gunshot wound to the right knee. What police had gathered so far is that both of them were inside their store “Amini’s Store” and they were about to close the business when a male person entered the store and fired several shots and caused the above-mentioned injuries. Both of them were admitted in a stable condition.”



“Sir, wasn’t Amin Mendez Senior shot at this same location last year?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“I believe so. I am not too sure, but I think so.”



“Is there a reason why this area is being targeted – this address is being targeted?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Well, I cannot tell you what is behind this shooting at this moment. We are looking at several angles as persons from that location have been in police hands a number of times in and out.”



“Is this a junction for illicit drug trafficking or persons who reside at this address maybe have a relationship or connection to illicit trafficking?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“We are not certain about that but that is an angle we are looking at.”



“Any suspects being sought?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Yes we have one individual police are looking for at this moment.”

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