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Leon Garcia in Jail for Saturday Morning Shooting Print E-mail
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Written by The Guardian   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

Police have arrested and charged Leon Garcia, 26, of a Victoria Street address with one count of discharging a firearm in public. Police Constable Frank Neal reported that at about 4 a.m. on Saturday, August 16, he was sleeping at a house on Pickstock Street when he was awoken by the sound of gunshots. Neal says he looked through the window and saw a man he recognized as Leon Garcia with his right hand raised holding what appeared to be a firearm. Neal says he then heard three shots and saw fire coming from the object in Garcia’s hand. Garcia then ran into a yard on Pickstock Street and headed in the direction of Fredrick Alley. It was not until Monday, August 18, that police detained and charged Garcia.

Garcia appeared before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart on Tuesday, August 19, and pleaded not guilty to one count of discharging a firearm in public. Due to the fact that the offense was committed using a firearm, bail could not be granted and Garcia was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until his next court appearance on September 23.

A relative of Garcia who was outside the courtroom said that the incident was retaliation for another shooting that occurred minutes earlier. According to the relative, a gunman passed through the area and fired shots at Garcia who was hanging out on a vehicle with a group of men. His younger brother, Shane Crawford, 25, was hit in the buttocks. The bullet traveled into his abdomen and he was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. No report of that first alleged shooting has been released by police.