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Jan 10, 2013

Near fatal shooting of two in Sugar City

Amir Mendez Sr.

Belize City has been quiet following the mass murders on Monday, but up north there was a near fatal shooting in Orange Walk Town on Wednesday night. The well-known businessman Amir Mendez Senior and Evander Bennett were engaged in an altercation with one Noel Zetina, who is evading police. It turned ugly for Mendez and Bennett and both ended up in the hospital, with Mendez receiving at least five shots. The bone of contention was over Mendez’s son. News Five’s Delahnie Bain reports.


Delahnie Bain, Reporting

Two Orange Walk residents were shot inside a Hyundai Tucson SUV on Wednesday night. While critically injured, forty-one year old Amin Mendez Senior and his son-in-law, twenty-six year old Evander Bennett survived the near fatal attack and are currently hospitalized.


Sr. Supt. Joseph Myvette, Officer Commanding Orange Walk Police

Joseph Myvette

“Shortly after eight last night, police received information of a shooting incident in the Little England area where we deployed two teams; one to the immediate area, whilst we deployed the other one to the Northern Regional Hospital. The one that was deployed to the hospital observed two male persons with multiple gunshot injuries who were later stabilized by the medical authorities. We know for certain that one was transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for further treatment.”


Mendez Senior had to be transferred to the K.H.M.H. because he was shot five times; on the face, right hand and arm, right cheek and lower back. The businessman, known for his store at the corner of Liberty Avenue and Palmar Boundry Road, was reportedly with Bennett looking for Noel Zetina, AKA Peckas to discuss a previous misunderstanding that involved Mendez’s son. They met him near an alley in the Little England area, but the conversation did not go according to plan.


Sr. Supt. Joseph Myvette

“We are told that there may have been a discussion between the victims and the alleged shooter a few minutes prior to the incident.  Our witnesses are telling us that the two victims who were in their vehicle, had stopped beside the alleged shooter and were having a conversation when suddenly the incident occurred.”


Zetina allegedly fired into the vehicle, causing multiple injuries to both men. Orange Walk police are now hot on his trail.


Sr. Supt. Joseph Myvette

Evander Bennett

“The other team on the ground did the processing of the scene as well as searching for a suspect. We, at this point in time are continuing our investigation, we have a suspect that we are searching for and we have issued a warrant in the first instance for his arrest.  Our investigation certainly continues and we will leave no stone unturned until this matter is solved. As we speak, the officers are on the ground searching for the suspect.”


Delahnie Bain for News Five.


In light of Wednesday night’s shooting and other recent crimes in the area, the Orange Walk Town Council has sent a letter to the Police Department, inviting them to a public meeting next Tuesday. The council says it wants to work along with the Police Department in devising mechanisms to address the crime situation and the safety concerns of the residents.

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4 Responses for “Near fatal shooting of two in Sugar City”

  1. Rod says:

    Nothing will change until this pm is out of office period.

  2. joe lopez says:

    Shut up rod! If you sheat up yourself you will blame the pm too!!

  3. Master says:

    Crime is not a matter of politics. Changing government will not reduce crime. Crime has its own party…

  4. Bear says:

    It’s another drop in our tsunami of violence, but people in the know imply the victims brought it on themselves by their own notorious “business,” much like Tuesday’s corpses in the City.

    Drug dealers traffic in poison, and I have no sympathy when karma catches up with them. They choose a dangerous life.

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