A six year old boy was injured in a shooting incident that happened on Saturday morning in Belize City. The child identified as Lemar Orellano, was reportedly in a “dalla’” van along with his mother and other passengers when shots rang out at the corner of Vernon Street and Central American Boulevard. Initial reports indicated that the child had been hit by one of the bullets but a further examination of his wounds showed that he was cut by glass fragments that was shattered in the shooting. ASP Alejandro Cowo provided more details of the incident.
ACP Alejandro Cowo, CIB Belize City: “As a result police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they observed a male minor by the name of Lamar Orellano. Indeed he was at the hospital and upon inspection of the injuries and the classification of the doctor the doctor certified that his injuries were as a result of the remnants of a windshield that was splintered that had hit the minor in his back and not a gunshot injury. What we understand is that the minor was inside of a vehicle that was parked in front of Gadgets Store when a male person came from the inside of the boulevard and fired shots at another male person who was on the West Side and as a result several bullets struck that vehicle that was parked which caused the injuries to the minor. As a result police quick response to the area led to the apprehension of a minor who was in possession of a 9mm pistol. Police also found on the scene ten expended shells and four live rounds inside of the magazine which the minor had. So far the minor was charged yesterday for kept unlicensed firearm and ammunition, kept unlicensed ammunition, and discharging a firearm in public.”
ASP Cowo says that police was in the immediate area when the shots were fired and pursued a suspect. The seventeen year old was apprehended after police fired a warning shot to make him stop. He adds that investigators have reason to believe the shooting was gang related and the department has moved in to diffuse the situation.
ACP Alejandro Cowo, CIB Belize City: “Yes we understand that the shooting is a result of the two rival gangs within the immediate area. As of Saturday yes the parties that were involved I know Mr.Williams was to meet with them to see how we can diffuse this situation.”
Reporter: Can you say if the minor is from the Ghost Town area?
ACP Alejandro Cowo, CIB Belize City: “He is from the Mayflower area yes.”
Reporter: And was acting alone?
ACP Alejandro Cowo, CIB Belize City: “Yes he was by himself at the time of the shooting.”