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Sep 14, 2020

Belize City Man Survives Second Attempt on His Life

Raheem Gordon

Twenty-four-year-old Raheem Gordon has narrowly escaped a second attempt on his life.  The Belize City resident was inside a vehicle on Causarina Street when he came under attack.  Two gunmen opened fire and while Gordon ran for his life, he was hit on the head and arm.   In 2018, he was at home when he was targeted. Though a motive has not been established, police say there is gang rivalry in the area. But Gordon’s mother says her son is not a gangster. Here is Hipolito Novelo with a report. 

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Death threatened twenty-four-year-old Raheem Gordon on Sunday morning, again. And again, Gordon, fortunately, managed to escape with his life.  He was on Causarina Street, in front of his house, inside a  silver Chevy Equinox SUV when two young gunmen fired at him. His mother was at a neighbour’s house when she heard the gunshots.

 

Voice of: Mother of Victim

“I heard bang bang because I was dealing with a little old lady that I was minding. When I heard it I said I am going because it sounded closed to my house. When I was coming down the steps a young lady said, Miss it is your son. I just held my head and I said ‘oh my god.” When I came down I saw the crown and I tried run to reach them, like I am going from myself because I suffer from high pressure.”

 

Gordon managed to outrun his attackers. He, however, was still hit-twice in the head and arm. The bullets grazed his head and penetrated his arm. He was taken to the KHMH while his attackers fled the scene on bicycle.

 

Voice of: Mother of Victim

“I see two persons fleeing the scene but they went that direction under speed and they looked back but I can’t see their face because they had on masks. They graze him right here so. Two holes here and his hand, through and through. He is lucky. Because when I saw him running and holding his head, I said he already died.”

 

This is the second attempt on Gordon’s life. In 2018, Gordon  was inside his home when he heard a gunshot. Seconds after he realized that he had been shot. His family believes that there is a target on his back. Who placed that target and why, remains unanswered.

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Who wants him dead?”

 

Voice of: Mother of Victim

“I don’t know. I tell you these people back here are something else. They are just jealous because my son doesn’t hang with them. He doesn’t want to be gangbangers with them.”

 

Hipolito Novelo    

“Why would someone want to kill your son?”

 

Voice of: Mother of Victim

“I don’t know the reason why because he doesn’t hang out.  All this time he locked up with his girlfriend.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Is he part of any gang in the area or any group in the area?”

 

Voice of: Mother of Victim

“He is no part of any gang, no part of any gang. None. None, as far as I know.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Any beef with anybody, with the boys in the area?”

 

Voice of: Mother of Victim

“Nothing at all. Only those PIVs have beef with my son. For what reason? I do not know. Because he is not a gangbanger, none at all. All he like is in his computer and he watches game. He doesn’t go anywhere.”

 

Not going anywhere is the investigation. Investigators have no motive and no suspects at this time.

 

Andrea Polanco

“Do we know why Gordon was targeted, sir?”

 

Hilberto Romero

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero, Deputy Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“We do not know at this time. The only information that we have is some rivalry they have in that area.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Sir we know this is not the first attempt on his life. Any connections to the previous attempt?”

 

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Not that we know. There is some rivalry going on in that area and it is being addressed.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Suspects?”

 

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“No suspects at this time.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.


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