Sometime after ten thirty last night, two men were shot on Police Street in Belize City. One of the men remains in a critical condition. ASP Alejandro Cowo told the media what they have uncovered on the incident.
ASP Alejandro Cowo – Head, CIB, Belize City
“Police were called to a shooting incident on Police Street and as a result they proceeded to the hospital where they observed two male persons suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to their bodies. The first person police observed was Houston Apolonio; he had a graze on his upper right shoulder and he was treated and discharged last night. The other male person that suffered injuries is Mr.Emerson Garnett, he received three gunshots to the body; he is admitted in a critical condition at this moment. What we understand so far is that two of them were socializing on Police Street when a male person rode up on a bicycle and from a distance fired several shots at their direction. As a result there was another civilian in the area who upon seeing what happened took out his firearm and fired a shot at the male person who did the shooting. Police processed that area and found several expended shells at the scene.”
The shooter who fired at the gunman is a member of the Belize Defense Force. ASP Cowo says they recovered up to ten expended shells on the scene last night. Police say that the second shooting is not connected to the earlier shooting and they do not have any reasons so far to suspect it was gang related.