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Aug 27, 2018

Woman shot five times in Belize City!

Dawn Parchue

There were a number of shootings in the city on Friday. A Belize City mother of one was one of the shooting victims.  She was hit five times just after midnight, but luckily she survived. Police say that they are looking for one person of interest. According to the authorities, Dawn Parchue may have been shot because of an altercation she had earlier that Friday night. Parchue’s name was in the news in 2013 when she was involved in a fight with another woman in the city. That fight was caught in video and went viral. Andrea Polanco tells us more about the latest city shooting involving Parchue.


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Dawn Parchue was riding her bike along Croton Lane just after twelve on Saturday morning – when she got into an argument with a man who took out a gun and fired five shots at her – four to the chest-abdomen area and once to the leg. Police say Parchue was involved in an altercation at an establishment on Mahogany Street just minutes before the attempt on her life.


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

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“She was at a restaurant where there was an altercation between her and another friend and other persons that were at the restaurant. And that is from where the incident occurred and then it went on to Croton Lane.”


While the bullets were intended to take Parchue’s life,  they didn’t stop her at this intersection– she continued on her bike until she go to her family’s house a few yards down the street.  Parchue’s aunt told us that her niece went to pick up some money and she was on her way back when she was attacked. They say she’s well known in the neighborhood – and have no idea why someone would try to kill her.


Voice of: Aunt of Shooting Victim

“All she say was that she was going to get a money, pick up a money and she gone pahn bike. She get shot way up so and she ride come way yah. She didn’t tell me much about what happened or if it was an argument or something. I don’t really know.”


Andrea Polanco

“Can you even begin to imagine why someone would want to shoot your niece – was she having any problems? Was she being threatened? Anything at all that would see something like this happen?”


Voice of: Aunt of Shooting Victim

“Well, no. She nuh tell me bout no threat. I guess dah mussie just off the argument as weh deh say. I nuh really know about the argument because nobody nuh tell me about it. I nuh have no idea why deh would want to hurt ah. She dah nuh wah person weh you know – I mean she rowdy and she like fi she mouth. Everybody know that Dawn always di talk a lot of craziness and things like that, but apart from that she dah wah nice person. She help wah lotta people round yah.”


Andrea Polanco

“Now, do you know if she was able to collect that money she was going for?”


Voice of: Aunt of Shooting Victim

“It was until she mi di come back from weh part she gone. Because dah when she mi di come dah then the shooting happened.”


Andrea Polanco

“So, you think someone was there lay waiting here? Someone knew she was going to be riding her bike along that route?”

Voice of: Aunt of Shooting Victim

“Yes. I think somebody mi di lay wait ah and the dodge ah long time from weh part she come from.”


Parchue’s family says that they are just glad that she survived the shooting. She is still hospitalized in a serious condition but is responding treatment.


Voice of: Aunt of Shooting Victim

“She lost a lot of blood and the things inna – some ah deh she had to fix back and thing but apart from that she is ok. She nuh the walk or nothing, but she di move around, you know?”

Andrea Polanco reporting for News Five.

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