San Pedro businessman shot in his business Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

Lamont Edward Lipka, an American businessman and owner of the Tropicana Restaurant and Bar in San Pedro, was shot and killed inside his business place, located in the island’s downtown area. The 49 year-old native of Texas, USA, was cruelly gunned down, as if the shooter’s one purpose was to end his life at all costs.

Police say that at around 9:30 p.m., on Sunday, May 13, 2018, they received information of shots being fired at the business place, which is located on Coconut Drive. They responded and found Lipka’s lifeless body behind the cash register area of the Restaurant. He had suffered 6 gunshot injuries to the face, 1 to the right side of the neck, and another to the back of the neck.

Investigators believe that at around 9:20 p.m., 10 minutes earlier, Lipka, who is the manager and business owner of Tropicana, was counting money with his back turned to the side door. The restaurant had customers enjoying their meals and their drinks, and staffers were in operation. All these potential witnesses were not deterrents to a dark-brown complexioned man who barged in and opened fire. The shooter was described to be about 5 and a half feet tall with medium build; he was wearing a black cap and shirt.

The cops were informed that the gunman had his weapon drawn, and he fired 2 shots injuring Lipka, who fell to the ground. To ensure that he would not survive the attack, the shooter then walked closer and shot him 5 more times in the face; all bullets found their mark.

The sudden gunfire sent customers and restaurant staff members fleeing for cover, and in the chaos, the shooter ran unto Coconut Drive and made his escape toward the southern part the island. Of important note is that this attacker did not make any attempts to try and rob the business place.

At this time, Likpa’s execution is puzzling to both the police and the San Pedro community, which he joined less than 5 years ago. He initially came to San Pedro as a tourist, but he later decided to make the tourist destination his home. Sources in San Pedro say that early into his relocation to Belize, he conducted sea tours as a dive instructor, but last year, he took over the business place and focused full time on trying to make it a commercial success.  There are possible theories as to why he was murdered, but at this time, those are only speculation without any supporting evidence.

Lipka, or “Monty” as he was also known, did not have any family with him in Belize.