Kareem Smith, 27, also known as Flash, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after he was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm upon Corey Sebastian. Smith, a resident of Holy Emmanuel Street and brother of notorious Brandon “Battery” Smith, was released from the Karl Heusner Memorial and escorted to the Belize City Magistrates Court on Friday, January 29. He had to be treated by doctors at the Hospital after he was shot in what police believe was a failed execution attempt.
The shooting happened on Sunday, January 24, at around 12:15 p.m. at a house, which is located at the corner of Pitts Alley and Castle Street. The man who shot him, whose name has not been released to the media, told police that he was socializing at the house at the time when he saw one of his friends running in. This man told police that his friend, who is over at this house regularly, was being chased by Smith, who he says was armed with a gun.
This shooter reported that he was fearful for his life, and the life of his friends, and that’s when he pulled his licensed 9mm pistol and fired several shots at Smith. Smith was injured in both hands, his back, chest, and neck, and he had to be rushed the KHMH.
In court, Smith appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith and pleaded not guilty to the charge. His older brother, Brandon Smith who was present in court, asked the Chief Magistrate for permission to speak. He told the court, “The young man who made the allegations against my brother does not want any court action.” The Chief Magistrate informed him that the person must go to the police and make a further report in writing to the police informing them of what he wants. Until then, Kareem Smith was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until March 29, 2016.