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Nov 25, 2019

Gunman Sprays Bullet at House; 3 Persons Injured Including Child

Mervin Martin

A child was also injured by gun violence over the weekend.  The one-year-old girl was fast asleep when she was hit by a gunshot on Sunday night.  She was at her grandmother’s house on Antelope Extension, Belize City.  The child’s uncle and his girlfriend were at the gate of the yard and were also injured in the shooting. As many as six other persons were inside the house when a gunman opened fire, but fortunately, they were spared.  The shooter first took aim at Mervin Martin, who was at the gate, and then trained the gun at the house.  News Five’s Hipolito Novelo reports.

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Three persons, including a one year old girl, were shot on Sunday night when a gunman released a barrage of bullets at this house on Antelope Street Extension. It happened at around seven o’clock that night when the child, Melanie Martin, was fast sleep with her grandmother in her bed. Her uncle, twenty-three-year old Mervin Martin, and his girlfriend sixteen-year-old Chantuse Martinez were also shot. They were near the entrance to the residence when the gunman crept up on them. Mervin’s father Cecil was near when the shooter struck.

 

Cecil Martin, Father of Mervin Martin

“I was sitting, me and my cousin over the other side and I saw a young man walked here and gunshots started to shoot. I have no idea who is the young man, where he came from, or as far as I am concerned, he was sent this side to do a mischievous act.”

 

But that mischievous act could have been fatal for a number of persons who were inside the house. Mervin, who was shot in his back, reportedly saw the shooter approaching and bolted. Martinez, however, was not quick enough. She is currently at the K.H.M.H. in a critical condition, suffering from gunshot injuries. Baby Melanie was shot in the right elbow and is stable.

 

Cecil Martin

“I am not sure if it was my son he came after or what but it appears nearly like that because when he sight the person and saw him with the gun he tried run away. That is when he got shot in his back. But unfortunately his girlfriend did not make it when the bullet started so she is the one who sustained the most injuries.”

 

The shooter then trained his handgun at the house with several persons were inside.

 

Cecil Martin

Cecil Martin

“The young angel in the house, my wife in the house. My daughter was in the house. He and his two baby who are angels and he just came and shoot up with no sort of sense.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“He came and started to shoot indiscriminately?”

 

Cecil Martin

“He just came and started to bust up shots in the yard like he has no kind of sense.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“How many bullets hit your house?”

 

Cecil Martin

“Approximately I would say, one, two, three, four five six seven. About seven to eight bullets entered my house.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“And how many people were inside?”

 

Cecil Martin

“I have my daughter, my two grand babies, my wife and one of her niece.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“So the baby was fast asleep?”

 

Cecil Martin

“Yes, she was fast asleep when she got shot. He no realize how much God protects an angel? He could have killed my entire family with that barrages of shots and no sense.”

 

The shooter then scurried into the darkness. Quick police work led to the arrest of two suspects and the recovery of the firearm.

 

Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Police investigations so far had also led to two persons being detained who we believe are connected to this investigation and the recovery of a handgun in the Antelope Street Extension area. At this point in time we do not have a clear motive so we are still trying to establish that.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Your son told you about any beef?”

 

Cecil Martin

“No, I don’t know about anything. He didn’t tell me about anything. You know children will not tell parents because you know parents will rail up with them. All what I try to teach my children is to not get in any kind of beef because all what black people do, the young generation, is kill one another which makes no sense.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.


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