Chinese grocer shot and killed on Vernon Street Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:00

Bainan Wu, a 57 year-old a Chinese Belizean businessman, was shot and killed inside his grocery store in the Lake Independence Area of Belize City. It is believed that he was killed in an armed robbery gone bad. He is the first Chinese business owner to be murdered in the City in 4 years.

It happened sometime around 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 25, at his business place, Xi He Li, located on the corner of Santa Barbara and Vernon Streets. It is unclear what exactly happened in those moments, but reports to the press are that Wu was waiting as he normally does for customers to come in and buy his merchandise. Unfortunately, on this night, an armed robber walked into his shop. That man, who remains unidentified at this time, reportedly ordered him at gunpoint to hand over all his money from the cash register. That would have been the day’s sales, and Wu reportedly refused to comply.

Wu was behind the burglar bars of his business place, but those didn’t protect him. When the gunman did not get his way, he shot the businessman in the head. He reportedly got on his bike, empty-handed, and escaped. Police officers nearby responded in minutes, but at that moment, all they could do was to rush Bainan Wu to the KHMH. At around 10 p.m., the gunshot injury to his left temple claimed his life while he was undergoing treatment at the hospital.

The other business owners who make up the Belize Chinese Association are concerned about Wu’s murder, and they are hoping that the police will be able to solve the crime, and assist them in trying to remain safe as they manage their commercial enterprises. Edmund Kwan, Chairman of the association, told the press, “We are very concerned about the situation. We are asking the police to please conduct a thorough investigation into this matter and we hope that the person that did this horrible act gets charged.”

The association’s Chairman also added that he and the other leaders will be advising business owners in the Lake Independence Area to be especially vigilant. Bainan Wu’s attempted robbery turned murder is the second incident of this nature in that neighborhood.

Along the very same Santa Barbara Street, the Arwing Shop was robbed on Friday, September 22, at around 4 p.m. The female shop attendant was robbed at gunpoint of $1,500 in cash.

Wu was well-known in the neighborhood, and was described by some of his patrons as friendly to his customers. He had been living in Belize for 20 years, and at the time of his death, his wife was away on vacation in China. She has had to make arrangements to quickly return, so that she can assist in the funeral arrangements for him.