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Reported Belize City Shootings in the Past Week Print E-mail
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Written by Shane d. Williams   
Thursday, 06 September 2012 00:00

Isiah Williams and Adrian AlvarezReports of as many as six shootings over the past week have reached us here at the Guardian. However, we can only confirm what has been made official via a police report. The Belize Police Department only records an incident in which there is a virtual complainant. Therefore, aside from the murder of Dana Augustus, three shootings were reported in Belize City over the past news week.

At about 5:38 p.m. on Thursday, August 30th, a 14-year-old female student was around the dining table inside her Cumberbatch Street home having supper, when a stray bullet penetrated the wooden walls of the structure and struck her in the right lower back. Police responded to the scene quickly and rushed the minor to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where she was treated for her injuries and released the following day. Police have since detained three men in relation to the shooting. According to police reports, three male persons on separate bicycles were at the comer of Park Street and La Croix Boulevard.  While at that location, one of them pulled out a gun and fired four shots in the direction of Kinsley Morrison and Kimberly Michael, who were in the area. The bullets missed their targets but one penetrated the minor’s house on Cumberbatch Street causing the injury to the girl. Police investigations led to the arrest and charge of a 16-year old student of Belize City for the crimes of two counts of Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, Dangerous Harm, the Use of  Deadly means of Harm and Conspiracy to commit Murder. 18-year-old Adrian Alvarez of #88 Linda Vista Street was charged for the crime of Conspiracy to commit Murder and a 14-year-old male minor, student of Police Street, was charged for the crime of Conspiracy to Commit Murder.

At about 10:45 p.m., five hours after the shooting near La Croix Boulevard, 37-year-old Isiah Williams was standing on Banak Street in front of his family home when two dark complexion men approached. According to reports, one of the men asked the other if this was the guy. The other man said, “Yes.” It was then that one of the men pulled out a hand gun and opened fire at Williams. Neighbours reported hearing at least five shots. Four of which hit Williams to the left cheek, left upper back, left side of the neck and left shoulder. Williams fell in a drain that is located in front of his house. He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in a neighbour’s vehicle. Williams was admitted in a critical condition and placed in an induced coma. His family is hoping for a complete recovery but the injury to the neck could possibly cause long term damage. No one has been detained for Williams’ shooting but his family has their suspicions. They believe that it may be because of a relationship that Williams’ sister-in-law recently ended. Despite the threat of death, Williams and a friend moved his sister-in-law ‘sstuff out from the house of her ex-boyfriend. Williams’ wife believes that is what caused the attempt on her husband’s life.

 On Friday, August 31st, 26-year-old Sibun Streets resident Lucretia Myvett was sitting on the side walk at the corner of Vernon and Sibun Streets along with her mother and her sister when a gunman on bicycle fired several shots in their direction from the corner of Sibun Street. Myvett was hit once to the center of her upper back. She was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for treatment. Police investigation into Myvett’s shooting continues. They believe that retaliation for this shooting may have been the motive behind the murder of school warden, Dana Augustus. 
Police are asking for anyone with information on these incidents to come forward or use the crime stoppers hotline at 0-800-922-TIPS.