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Mar 9, 2022

A Gunman is Shot Dead in Belize City; Was it by Friendly Fire?

Carrel Sanchez

A foiled attempt at carrying out an assignment in an extremely hostile neighborhood has left the body of an alleged gunman inside the morgue at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Since the beginning of the week, a group of men have reportedly been focusing on an apartment building in Locke’s Alley. It is not clear who they were looking for, but on Tuesday night, sometime before nine o’clock, things turned deadly when a spray of bullets ended the life of Carrel Sanchez. He was a long way from home with a trio of men who were intent on hitting their target. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A twenty-three-year-old Belize City resident was cut down in a hail of bullets on Tuesday night when a surprise attack on a pair of men went horribly wrong.  Carrel Sanchez, along with three others, entered a property on Logwood Street, proceeded to jump the back fence and let loose a shower of rounds.  The indiscriminate shooting endangered many lives, including a handful of children who were inside their home when the apartment building came under siege.


Voice of: Locke Alley Resident

“I mi deh downstairs.  I mi just gaan ker waffles fi my friend down deh cause I mi di mek waffle.  But everybody mi deh een ya, my kids dehn mi deh een ya, some of our friends.  And dehn come outside because di waffle mi di smokey up di place.  So when I walk downstairs fi gaan ker di waffle, by di time I lock her door, I just yer shots staat to fly.”


The volley of shots easily tore through the wooden walls, the ceiling above, a baby’s bag inside the bedroom, and even her father’s left hamstring.

Voice of: Locke Alley Resident

“My boyfriend and di baby, dehn mi di sihdown pan di step, but he give my baby to di neighbor because he mi gwein downstairs same time.”


Fortunately, his injury was clean.  The round that struck him entered and exited that part of his leg, leaving behind only a flesh wound.  Amid the chaos of gunfire, Sanchez, who lives on Flamboyant Street, was mortally wounded.


Voice of: Locke Alley Resident

“Da fi he own shot he.  Three ah dehn mi deh ova deh, three gunman, three ah dehn.  He mi di jump di fence, that’s why he get shot because dehn di shoot and he di jump di fence.  So da fi he own shot he.  He di jump di fence, he jump right eena dehn line of fire.”


That’s according to those who witnessed the bedlam.  Police, on the other hand, assert that Sanchez wasn’t injured by friendly fire.  They report that someone within Locke’s Alley, the dead-end that’s adjacent to Logwood Street, returned fire, hitting Sanchez in the left shoulder.

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Voice of: Locke Alley Resident

“He cohn and he look fi weh he get and I noh sorry and I noh fraid and I noh care that ih ma di bawl because she have big bawling.  What if da mi me?  I mih wah di bawl fi my four picni dehn weh underage: five months, eleven [years old], three [years old] and sixteen.  That noh mek no sense cause nobody send ahn ya.  I live way to the hell back deh, I noh know who send ahn ya.”

Residents say that it’s the third attack on the apartment on consecutive nights.


Voice of: Locke Alley Resident

“I neva surprised because dis da three nights in a row dehn young man cohn cohn dog out.  I noh know who dehn di dog out because who dehn wahn noh live ya, noh live ya none at all. We call police, police noh cohn.  But now dead body end up out deh, dehn cohn.  Three nights in a row he jump dis fence, dis da di third night ih di do it jump di fence.”


Also injured during the incident were twenty-five-year-old Devon Tillett and eighteen-year-old Deandre Williams.  The other three assailants who accompanied Sanchez reportedly ran through an alley on Banak Street.  One of them was captured in an overgrown yard.  A pair of loaded firearms was also discovered at the entrance of Locke’s Alley.


Isani Cayetano reporting for News Five.

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