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Jul 7, 2011

2 more persons shot while sitting in a geo prism

The other shooting took place minutes earlier. Two Belize City men ended up at the KHMH following the shooting incident in the Port Loyola area.  At around seven p.m. two well known street figures; nineteen year old Keon Francis and Kareem “Robbery” Lopez, were seated inside a parked Geo Prism on Nurse Findley Crescent when they were hit with a barrage of gunfire from two armed men who exited a nearby yard.  Lopez was hit multiple times to the left side of the chest, left arm, right arm, abdomen and right leg while Francis was shot to the left upper arm and left rib cage.  The incident, it is believed, may have been the result of an internal conflict amongst members of the Gill Street Gang.  According to Police Press Officer Fitzroy Yearwood one man has been detained pending investigation.  That individual, he says, is an associate of the two victims.

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer

Fitzroy Yearwood

“Police responded to a scene a little after seven p.m. last night at the corner of Nurse Findley’s Crescent, a little of Faber’s Road.  This is opposite Excelsior School, the high school, where they saw Kareem Lopez and Keon Francis suffering from several gunshot wounds to the body.  Initial investigations reveal that these men were [walking], they walked from the basketball court to a car that was parked at that location where a lone gunman opened fire on them.  Police recovered around twenty-four expended shells from the scene.  We have a person in custody and Lopez is presently listed in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital while Francis is in stable condition.  Lopez received several body shots, one to the left side of the chest, to the abdomen and other parts of the body.”

Maria Novelo, Reporter

“Does the evidence suggest that it’s a gang related [shooting]?  Should we rule that out if you‘re saying that it‘s a friend?”

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood

“Well Lopez and Francis are known members of the Gill Street element.  The person that we have in custody is also a member of the Gill Street element.  We are not certain if that is our man but our investigations have led us to his detention so far. Isani in the event we charge this man I wouldn’t want to disclose that name and hence jeopardize our chance of getting a conviction noh.”

Francis was charged along with three others for a robbery at KK Grocery in 2009. He is also the cousin of Andrew Moses, who was killed as he walked home on March tenth, 2011.  And in February, 2010 Lopez was acquitted of the 2006 murder of Mark Gardener.

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2 Responses for “2 more persons shot while sitting in a geo prism”

  1. Earl Grey says:

    Maybe…….”THE GILL STREET ELEMENT” as Fitzy calls them…SHOULD BE GIVEN A GOOD 20-30 acres of land to PRODUCE SOME FOOD for their COMMUNITY……or Build the PRISON FARM.


  2. mylegacyb4mypeople says:

    Good Idea Earl Grey but this administration is a bunch on dunce and thieves or they are just too crooked to have any intelligence show through, see the problems that has been going on at Harmonyville they are not just going to give out land because people need it and can do good with it, they use the land to get votes. Remember My Legacy B4 My People.

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