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Sep 22, 2021

San Pedro Resident Clings to Life Following Shooting Incident

Noe Nelson Zetina

A San Pedro resident is clinging to life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, following a shooting incident on the island on Tuesday evening. Noe Nelson Zetina was at the Sacachispas Football Field at the corner of Angel Coral and Buccaneer Streets with a friend when he was approached by man who produced his licensed nine-millimeter firearm and fired several shots in his direction. At least one of the bullets made its mark on Zetina’s head; he was rushed to the K.H.M.H. where he remains in a critical condition. ASP Fitzroy Yearwood says that the shooter is in police custody.


ASP Fitzroy Yearwood, Communications Director, Belize Police Department

“Upon arrival, they managed to speak to the victim, because he was not unconscious when investigators revealed that sometime around 5:20 p.m., Noe was at the Sacachipas Football Field socialising with a friend when he was approached by a person known to him and that person took out a firearm and fired several shots towards him causing his injuries. We have since detained that person along with a licensed firearm and our investigators are trying to gather statements and do their best to see when and what charges will be levelled against that person.”


Fitzroy Yearwood

Duane Moody

“Sir, so no information as to what triggered the shooting?”


ASP Fitzroy Yearwood

“None whatsoever as yet. But as soon as we get an interim report, I will be able to share that information with you.”


Late this evening, police arrested and charged Jairo Fernando Sandoval, for the crimes of Attempted Murder, Dangerous Harm, Use of Deadly means of Harm and Aggravated Assault.

Just after four p.m., there was another non-fatal shooting in the DFC area of San Pedro Town. Information provided to us indicated that twenty-six-year-old Jean Villatoro was shot to his left lower arm. He was transported to the San Pedro Polyclinic where he was treated and released. Villatoro was taken to the San Pedro Police Station by the police to get a statement. Police continues to investigate this latest shooting incident.

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