Weekend Gang Rivalry causes Two Deaths and Eight Injuries Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 June 2012 00:00

On Monday, June 11th, Officer Commanding Eastern Division, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Elodio Aragon held a press conference in which he appraised the media of 4 shooting incidents over the previous weekend which resulted in 8 persons being injured and two of them dying.

Aragon pointed out categorically that the incidents were all gang related. He stated that, "the persons who are involved, to a large extent, majority of them are either gang-affiliated, or they associate with gangs."

The weekend spate of shootings began on Friday, 8th June. Police report that at about 10:30 p.m., 18-year -old Renesha Pitts and 20- year-old Carly Cardinez were standing in the Yarborough Area of Belize City when a man approached them from Dickenson Street and fired several shots in their direction. Pitts sustained gunshot injuries to the left side of the abdomen and Cardinez was hit to her buttocks.

The violence continued on Friday when Euandice Jones reported that at around 11:45 on Friday night, she was at home when she heard a noise outside her house and called the police. When the police arrived at her residence at #4161 Banak Street, they found a blue object that resembled a grenade. It was wrapped in a small piece of plastic. A BDF explosive expert, Colonel James Requena, was called in and he examined the object and declared it to be a B.D.F. -type training grenade, rusty beyond use.

On Saturday night, a fight broke out at the entrance of Element's Bar, located on Newtown Barracks, during which two men began firing at one another. As a result of the exchange of gunfire Dwight Panton, 38, received a gunshot to left side of the chest and to the right thigh and died as a result. Kenroy Humes, 23, of Electric Avenue in Belize City was also hit to the right side of the face near his ear, to the center of his lower back and to the left arm; he too died as a result. Also injured during the exchange of gunfire were 29-year-old Luis Itzab, who received injuries to the left foot and to the right side of chest; Bruce Willacey of Holy Emmanuel Street in Belize City was shot to the right thigh; Martin Oluwadare, 33- year-old Nigerian taxi driver, received a gunshot to the right hand while Brandon Smith, 24, also of Holy Emmanuel Street suffered a gunshot to the buttocks.

When police responded to the incident, they recovered a Smith & Wesson .40mm pistol on Newtown Barracks near the scene. Police also impounded a blue taxi cab belonging to Fermin Matura, 27, of Zericote Street in Belize City. In the vehicle, police found a magazine containing 14 .40mm live rounds. Police have detained five men in connection with this incident.                                                                                               

The weekend's violence continued on Saturday when 23-year-old Sheldon Sosa was walking on Iguana Street at around 3:15a.m. When reaching the corner of Elston Kerr Street, he heard gunshots and realized he was shot. Sosa sustained gunshot injuries to the left shoulder and right arm.

The last report for the weekend was on Sunday, June 10th. Police report that 20-year-old Hazard Rowland was seated in the driver's seat of a blue Geo Prism car waiting for his friend as he purchased a burger at David's Super Store at the corner of Parks Street and LaCroix Boulevard when a man of dark complexion riding a bicycle approached the vehicle. The man then pulled out a firearm and fired several shots into the vehicle hitting Rowland to the right eye. The bullet exited the top of Rowland's head. He remains in hospital receiving treatment.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 June 2012 14:29