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Mar 17, 2014

Victor Garnett shot twice in San Pedro

Luis Rodriguez

Earlier in the newscast, we told you about Darrington Lauriano Junior, a Belize City resident who was caught red-handed by police with gun and ammunition as well as a little less than half pound of marijuana. Well Lauriano, who also resides in San Pedro, was the victim of a shooting last Tuesday night in which he was shot to the left shoulder. On Friday night, one of Lauriano’s buddies, thirty-two year old Victor Garnett, was also the victim of a shooting.  San Pedro Police are reporting that just before ten p.m., three men fired several shots at Garnett as he was riding his bicycle on Laguna Drive. The fisherman of the San Mateo Area on the island was shot twice; once on the right side of the chest that exited the back and to the lower left leg. He was rushed to the San Pedro Polyclinic and then to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. But on Sunday, Garnett was discharged from the hospital and is back in San Pedro. Police say that as was the case of Lauriano Junior’s shooting, Garnett’s attack was drug related. Corporal Luis Rodriguez told News Five via phone today that it is believed that the recent shootings on the island are carried out by Belize City men.


Via Phone: Cpl. Luis Rodriguez, NCO, NCIB, San Pedro Police
“The victim reported to the police that at eighty-forty p.m. on the said date, he was riding his bicycle on Laguna Drive, San Pedro Town from the direction of Boca Del Rio area heading downtown and upon reaching in front of Compadre’s Bar on Bonefish and Laguna Drive, he saw three male persons of dark complexion unknown to him all dress in black. On riding pass them, one of them shouted see him and at the same time he heard several loud bangs and felt a burning in his chest. At the same time, he jumped off his bike and heard several loud bangs again and realized that he had been shot on the chest and on the lower leg. As a result of that, he run for his life on the same street and jumped in the nearby lagoon. He was then assisted by some people and rushed to the Polyclinic. The complainant stated that he does not know the motive of the shooting nor did he recognize any of his attackers.”


Duane Moody

“Sir are these persons of San Pedro or they relocated there?”


Via Phone: Cpl. Luis Rodriguez

“We believe that these people are from Belize City and that there are people here in San Pedro that are the masterminds of these crimes, but they are bringing in people from Belize City to do the crime for them.”


Duane Moody

“What is believed to be the motive surrounding this incident? I know the last time with the shooting of one Darrington Lauriano, you had said that it was believed to be drug related. Is that the same case in this incident?”


Via Phone: Cpl. Luis Rodriguez

“We believe that it is the same case; Darrington Lauriano is a close friend of Victor Garnett.”


While the identities of the three persons are unknown, San Pedro Police are looking for a person of interest in connection with this recent shooting on the island.  

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