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Sep 13, 2021

Elston Kerr Street Shooting Injures Two Belize City Men

A pair of men socializing at the intersections of Iguana and Elston Kerr streets on Thursday night came under gunfire following an altercation with an unnamed individual sometime earlier.  Investigators believe that the shooting incident that injured Charles Hinds Jr. and Sheldon Sosa was precipitated by a previous encounter which resulted in the suspect firing multiple shots in their direction. While Sosa has been treated and released from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, Hinds remains admitted toward where he is receiving medical attention.  According to Superintendent Alejandro Cowo, the armed assault happened shortly before eight p.m.


Alejandro Cowo

Supt. Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Eastern Division

“Just after seven p.m., police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they observed Mr. Charles Hinds Jr., thirty-nine-years old, and Mr. Sheldon Sosa, thirty-two-years old, both of them suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to the body.  Mr. Sosa was treated and he was discharged on the same night, meanwhile, Mr. Hinds is still admitted at this time in a stable condition.  What we have gathered so far is that both of them, along with others, was at the corner of Elston Kerr Street and Iguana Street socializing when they were approached by someone who came out from a nearby yard and fired several shots in their direction, causing the injuries to them.”


Isani Cayetano

“What would you say is behind this incident?  Is it gang-related?  Is it perhaps an altercation that may have happened prior to that?”


Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“Based on the investigations and interviews that we have conducted, it has given us an indication that it was due to an apparent misunderstanding between the suspected shooter and one of the victims who was injured.”

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