Three separate shootings left five persons injured over the weekend. The first incident happened around five o’clock on Saturday when 45 year old Felicito Cho was shot in his foot. Police report that Cho was inside a white tow truck with his wife when they were approached by the owner of the truck. The owner reportedly began hitting Cho with a stick. When Cho attempted to defend himself, the owner of the truck shot at Cho about six times.
ASP: Alejandro Cowo, Head CIB, Belize City: “Felicito Cho, a truck driver was inside of this truck which was parked at the corner of Central American Boulevard and Ceaser Ridge Street when he was approached by the owner of the truck businessman namely Mr.Khalid Eleleturk where a confrontation ensued between the two of them and as a result Mr.Khalid pulled out his licensed firearm and fired several shots at Mr.Cho injuring him on his right wrist and receiving abrasions to the left foot and his forehead. Police at the scene detained Mr.Khalid and also his licensed firearm was confiscated as exhibit. Mr.Cho was treated and was discharged the same day from the hospital where the doctor certified his wounds to be wounding.”
Reporter: Any charges levied against Mr.Khalid as yet?
ASP: Alejandro Cowo, Head CIB, Belize City: “The matter is under investigation. Mr.Cho has given a statement to the police that he will not be pursuing the matter. In order for any charges to be levied on any person we need to have a complaint especially one which involves a firearm where a person was injured, there are certain procedures that must follow and evidence that we must get in order to present the matter to the court. We are looking at the other possibility involving the firearm but that matter is still under investigation.”
Hours later, sometime before seven o’clock that same night, police were called to Kelly Street and Hunters Lane. By the time they arrived, the victim, forty two year old Fabio Paredez had been taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
ASP: Alejandro Cowo, Head CIB, Belize City: “Upon checking at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital police observed Fabio Parades, a Belizean Laborer of Berkley Street suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to both legs. Mr.Paredes was admitted in a critical condition and is still in a critical condition at the KHMH. What police have gathered so far is that Mr.Paredes was along with a group of male persons socializing at the corner of Hunters Lane and Kelly Street when they were approached by two male persons on bicycle one of which fired several shots at their direction causing the injuries to Mr.Paredes. Police have detained one person for questioning in regard to this shooting.”
Reporter: There is an ongoing rivalry between Kelly Street and I believe the Victoria Street Gang. Are you looking at that being one of the reasons why this shooting is related to that ?
ASP Alejandro Cowo, Head CIB, Belize City: “Yes that is one of the angles that police is investigating at this moment.”
Reporter: I was made to understand that there were a lot of kids in the vicinity at the time of the shooting, when we spoke to one person they said not even the regular gang affiliates were out there. Is the police concerned that this kind of indiscriminate shooting is becoming more frequent.
ASP: Alejandro Cowo, Head CIB, Belize City: “We of course are concerned I know that the minors were playing basketball at the basketball court and so far we understand that none of them that were there were the targets however there was a male person that was approaching the crowd that could have been the possible target.”
Police say Paredez is a car washer who has been working in the area for many years and there is nothing to prove that he has any affiliation to any particular gang. The third shooting took place after eight o’clock on Sunday night. Officers were called to the KHMH where they found three persons, two men and a woman suffering from several gunshot wounds.
No one has been detained but police say they are looking for one person in connection with this incident.