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Jun 18, 2012

Several individuals shot during violent weekend

Fitzroy Yearwood

Four hours after the murder of Joseph Myers, shots rang out again; this time on Faber’s Road Extension. Twenty-three year old construction worker, Byron James, was walking home when a man fully dressed in black fired several shots at him, hitting him on the right side of his abdomen and right arm.  The violence spread to Saturday and once again on Maskall Street at its junction with Neal’s Pen Road, twenty-three year old Douglas Flores Jr. was shot to the right leg. According to Flores, he was talking to a friend on Maskall Street just before five p.m., when they were approached by a man known to him only as K-Dog who was brandishing a firearm.  A struggle broke out during which Flores Jr. was shot.  The gunman fired other shots and but missed his mark. Elsewhere in the City another shooting has left residents of an affluent neighborhood shaken up. The fourth shooting for the weekend occurred in the Buttonwood Bay Area of Belize City. According to police twenty-one year old Paul Burgess was walking on Palm Dale Drive when he was pursued by two men. In fear of his life, Burgess sought assistance but his two aggressors followed him and one of them fired two shots towards him. He was injured on the upper left shoulder and left index finger. Police Press Officer, Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood explains.


Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer

“He was being chased by two persons known to him. Upon arrival at the house, he asked them to lend him a machete or something to protect himself when one of these persons fired several shots at him injuring him.  The geometrical setup would want to suggest that yes we had seven people shot over the weekend. But one incident alone was five and this five was a result of a rival between two sets. We have apprehended and arrested and charged the orchestrators of that murder and we hope to put them in front of the court. We wouldn’t want the public to say that things have erupted. This is an ongoing situation between these two groups. We have caught the head of it and hopefully that this is the end of that rivalry between them noh.”


There was a fifth shooting in the Old Capital, but fortunately no one was injured. Twenty-five year old Emil Audinett reported to police that while he was sitting at the bus stop at the corner of Mahogany and Santa Barbara Streets, he heard the cranking of a firearm. When he turned around, a man was pointing a firearm to his head. Audinett pushed away the firearm and ran for his life. As he was pursued by the gunman, several shots were fired at him, but missed. 

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6 Responses for “Several individuals shot during violent weekend”

  1. Storm says:

    This shooting took place on the same street, just 4 hours after the previous one. Why were no police in the area?

    I think on some streets of the city, GOB should declare martial law or the equivalent, and put BDF in charge.

    The violence will increase until GOB attacks the cause: GANGSTERS. And almost all of them are known to the police and community. It isn’t rocket science to take them out, it just requires a government with the will to fulfill its most basic responsibility, protecting the people.

  2. Rod says:

    To get rid of gangs a law need to be passed saying and one who is a known gang member will be given 20 yrs in jail any gang member but am afraid nothing will be done because they are barrows private army since he is paying them people who loose family members should start sueing barrow since he is paying these people he is the cause of it.

  3. Uagadodo says:

    Storm is right, it’s just lack of political will

  4. BMNJ says:

    Was the re-introduction of capital punishment in the manifesto of all the political parties during the election campaign a few months back? It’s easy: the PM just needs to bring up that topic during House meeting and all the Ministers, both PUP and UDP, just need to vote ‘YES’. It will then go to the Senate committee, and again all parties involved – PUP, UDP, etc just need to agree and the rest is history. What’s so difficult! I remembered 5 – 10 years ago, when PM Barrow decided to give a pay increase to all Ministers, nobody in the House objected – not a single UDP nor a single opposition PUP. Likewise, when the capital punishment is brought to the House, I would expect the same result.

  5. ny says:

    People needs to pressure their area reps so that they in return can put pressure on the PM to amend the laws because he is the only one who can get the wheel of justice turning The PM is currently living in an alternate univserse called the bubble where he is totally oblivious to the crime wave that is engulfing the jewel. Each criminal should get three chances to redeem themselves depending on the severity of their criminal acts, after three strikes, you should be removed from the streets for good. Individuals should not be given the opportunity to terrorize and become career criminals.

  6. Phillippa says:

    The Belize government needs to do something about these crimes. First stop taking prisoners from America, their are the ones who started these gangs in Belize. Also need more serious punishment such as hanging. This is ridiculous. An on the cnn news it stated that Belize are one of the 10 worst country to visit. An its sad. Its my country, should i come home an visit.

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