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Separate shootings in Belize City leave two dead and 5 wounded Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 November 2017 00:00

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, police visited the K.H.M.H where they saw 28-year-old Cardinal Andrews suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the right forehead and to the back of the head. Initial investigation revealed that Andrews, a laborer of Burrell Boom, was sitting on a car on Partridge Street when he was approached from behind by a male person who fired the single shot at him causing his injuries. By Sunday, October 29, Andrews succumbed to his injuries. Police are investigating and have since detained an adult and a minor in connection to the shooting which turned to murder.

Two days later on Friday, October 27, 2017, a Haitian dollar van driver also lost his life to a gunshot injury. According to official report, Odner Estiverne, a 45-year-old cab driver, was operating his van in the vicinity of Complex Avenue when he was shot at and received injuries to the left side of his abdomen. While undergoing surgery at the KHMH, Estiverne perished.

Police believe that Estiverne was targeted by criminals that wanted his van to execute a robbery. By several accounts, it was a lone gunman that fired at Estiverne but police officers that were operating at a checkpoint in the area fired shots at several persons as a result of the ongoing situation. Those persons are being sought in connection to the murder of Estiverne. Police investigations into the matter continue.

On October 29, 2017 at about 7:30 a.m., police officers responded to another report of a shooting this time in the Jane Usher area of Belize City. James Swazo , known as “Chainsaw”received a single gunshot wound to the abdomen and another to the right leg. Information reveals that Swazo was called on by a man he knew and upon checking, that man inflicted the injuries and rode off on a bicycle. Swazo is presently listed in a critical condition at the KHMH.

Police have since arrested and charged Joshua Jeremy Gillett, 20 year old resident of Belize City with the crime of Attempted Murder, Dangerous Harm and Use of Deadly Mean of Harm.

Gillett is remanded after being arraigned on those charges. Later that same date, police again visited the KHMH based on information they received. This time, they observed 18-year-old Cameron Moreira, 28-year-old Godwin Flowers, 32-year-old Darren Dawson, and 67-year-old Gerald Tillett suffering from gunshot injuries. Moreira, an unemployed of Belize City, received a gunshot injury to the buttocks and another to the left elbow and right hand while Flowers, a messenger of Belize City, received gunshot injuries to the upper right arm and left thigh. Like Flowers, Dawson, a warehouse clerk, also received injuries to his upper right arm while Tillett received a single gunshot to his left thigh.

Initial police investigation reveals that the four people were socializing on Neal’s Pen Road when a man person rode in their direction on a bicycle and fired several shots in their direction causing the mentioned injuries. All persons are listed in a stable condition and Gerald Tillett has since been released. Police are investigating.