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Oct 22, 2018

Shooter’s Gun Malfunctions in Brazen Attempted Murder

It could have turned deadly earlier on Friday night in Belize City when a gunman pulled out a firearm and attempted to kill several persons. Security footage of Tasty Restaurant on Mahogany Street, Belize City, shows a man pulling out a weapon, pointing it at several persons and attempting to fire. Luckily for the intended targets, the gun malfunctioned and the gunman escaped.  Since reviewing the footage, police have arrested the would-be shooter. As News Five’s Hipolito Novelo found out today, the gunman is a well-known figure in the Mayflower Area.


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

At around ten thirty on Friday night, the would-be gunman seen here in a hat, black and white t-shirt, short pants and slippers walks toward the entrance of Tasty Restaurant on Mahogany Street.  He pretends to be retrieving money from his pocket to purchase food but he never enters the store. Instead, he paces up and down in front of the store, as though he is having difficulty in taking out the money. He takes a quick glimpse inside the restaurant, looking for his target. The security camera inside the restaurant captures about seven men inside. The shooter stays calm. No one seems to suspect a thing and anyone could be his target. This man in a red shirt exits the restaurant with his food. The gunman notices it. As the man is walking away, the gunman does the same in the opposite direction before turning around and pointing the firearm at the man in the red shirt. He tries to fire but luckily the gun jams. He cranks it again. He then points the gun inside the restaurant. A man sees that and reacts but the gun jams again. The gunman escapes on foot. Investigators have seen reviewed the footage and have seen arrested the gunman.


Alejandro Cowo

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

Based on that police managed to get one of the persons that was inside of the restaurant. They interviewed the person. Also they spoke with the guy who had left the restaurant to whom the gun was pointed but he informed the police that he had no knowledge that it happened and that he was aware of that until he saw it on Facebook.”



“Have you been able to locate the gunman?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“The gunman was detained.”



“Has the gun been recovered?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“No. A search was conducted of his premises however the gun was not recovered.”



“Could you say what type of charges will be brought against him?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

Remember it is more than on persons that were involved in the restaurant so it will be if anything it will be an aggravated assault with a firearm.”



“Is this person known to the police?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Yes he is well known person from the Mayflower Area.”


Investigators believe that the attempted shooting stems from an incident between the shooter and intended target last year. Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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