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Aug 12, 2013

2 Shot through the window in the Gungulung

A shooting early Sunday morning in the Gungulung area of the Old Capital has left one of two persons hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.  Eighteen year old Leroy Wasani Fernandez and twenty-five year old Losandri Gonzalez were sleeping inside a house on Holy Emmanuel Street not far from their residence, when a lone gunman pushed his hand through an open louver and fired several shots at them. While a bullet penetrated and exited Gonzalez’s left arm, Fernandez was shot three times: to the left leg and thigh and to the right hand. Both victims were rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. But while Gonzalez was treated and released, Fernandez was admitted in a stable condition. He was to undergo surgery at the K.H.M.H. on Sunday, but he hasn’t and is still in the emergency ward. But for Gonzalez’s Mother, Violet Jones, it is a series on unfortunate events coming her way. First in 2011, it was her son, Matthew Gonzalez, who is presumed dead after he was last spotted on San Pedro; then the shooting of her nephew also in 2011 and over the weekend, her daughter. Jones told News Five that she is being forced to return to her hometown, Dangriga.


Violet Jones, Mother of Shooting Victim

Violet Jones

“Only god could tell weh happen…mi daughter and nephew sleep dah wah young man weh I call mi son’s house. And over dah the house, me noh know weh happen, but the morning I mi di sleep. I heard the gunshots and I get pan my knees in front ah mi bed and I say god I only hope dah noh anybody for me get shot. But fifteen minutes later, I get wah phone. When I look pan di call, I recognize I know di number; dah wah police officer number. I said hello. Ih say wait one minute and mi daughter talk to me. Ih call me di cry and say, “Ma, I get shot; me and Wasani get shot.” I say what? She say yes ma, we deh dah hospital. I ask if she and Wasani okay. She say yes ma, I get shot ina my hand, but I di worry bout Wasani. Right there and then Duane, to be honest, I noh know if mi heart wah gone left me or what because Wasani dah wah small person. I ask ahn, how much shot Wasani get? She said three. Wasani get shot ina ih thigh, ih upper leg, and ih get shot ina ih right hand. The bullet gone in from yah soh come out from yah soh…broke one of his finger, shatter one ah ih other finger.  I lose mi son 2011, I can’t find ih body yet. Dehn shot mi song, Desmond, couple months after I lose Matthew. Now dah Losandri and Wasani. I noh know what else mi heart could take after this Duane; I don’t know what else. But the best I could do dah go home. I plead to the mayor, I gone dah Mark King; before Cordel mi deh ina power, I gone to Cordel Hyde, I beg that the street push up to over there. Now this dah mi situation…I noh got no way to walk out of the yard. So I noh know what else I can do.”


Duane Moody

“But what could have prompted the shooting of your daughter?”


Violet Jones

“Duane to be honest, I can’t say, I don’t know I noh know. And I can’t say dah what. I just don’t know.”


Duane Moody

“But you said that earlier this weekend she was threatened right?”


Violet Jones

“Yes…no dehn threatened my husband earlier this weekend. But I noh know what else I can do. I noh want point no fingers on nobody.”


Three point twenty-two expended shells were received from the scene. Police investigations continue.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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