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Mar 3, 2022

Corozal Teen Clings to Life Following Shooting

Andre Sanker

There was also gun violence up north, in Corozal Town. Three friends: Andre Sanker, Leonardo Acosta, and Ainsworth Matura were accosted by a gunman just before eleven o’clock on Wednesday night. The assailant reportedly walked up to them and fired several shots. Eighteen-year-old Sanker was hit multiple times. He was rushed to the Corozal Community Hospital and later transferred to the K.H.M.H. in Belize City where he remains in a critical condition. The purported gunman is in police custody pending charges.


ASP Fitzroy Yearwood

ASP Fitzroy Yearwood, Communications Director, Belize Police Department

“Police responded around 10:45 p.m. to a residence at the corner of F and D Streets where it was relayed to police that three men were socialising on a veranda. Andre Sanker, Ainsworth Matura and Leonardo Acosta and they were approached, a man came from behind a house, fired several shots at Sanker making good on his target. Sanker was transported to the Corozal Community Hospital and is listed as critical. We have since detained that person and hopefully, by the end of today, we will be able to levy charges. I know that investigators are gathering more statements from witnesses, but hopefully, very soon we can share his identity as long as the proper identification has been made so as not to hinder the case, especially when somebody life is hanging on critical, it is very serious for us. So I will be able to share the other information as soon as it is made available.”

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