Two separate shooting incidents occurred this morning in the Jane Usher Boulevard area in Port Loyola, Belize City where two young men were injured and currently hospitalized. The two victims are 21-year-old, Raheem Arnold and 18-year-old, Shemar Moore. Superintendent Hilberto Romero of the Crimes Investigative Branch briefed the media.
“This morning we had a shooting at Jane Usher Boulevard where two persons were shot. Shemar Moore was shot to right arm, left arm pit, left foot, and to the left upper leg. We have Raheem Arnold he was shot the left pelvic area. Both persons are at the KHMH in stable condition. We have our investigators out there; we have two suspects that we are presently seeking for this shooting. These guys were on the street on the Jane Usher Boulevard when they had some arguments with some persons in that area. One was shot first and then as he was going to his grandmother’s house the other person was shot. They are at the hospital receiving treatment thereafter we will continue the investigation and establish certain things. It’s two separate shootings but just minutes apart from each other. We believe it is the same person who did the shooting.”
Love News arrived at the crime scene just after eleven o’clock this morning and spoke to several residents of the area.
“After 9 minutes to 10, I was getting ready to take a bath and go out. I peeped through the window and I saw something near the lane but I wasn’t paying it much attention and I didn’t notice who was at the lane at the time and after that I went into my bathroom and by the time I was getting ready to take off my clothes I heard around four gun shots ring off and when I ran out of my house I saw the guys running through the back streets but I didn’t really see who it was.”
“You say you saw a little thing happening at the lane; what was that?”
“A little commotion; a little hard talk with some of the guys at the lane but I didn’t really notice who it was because I don’t really like being in people’s business. When I heard the gunshots I ran out and when I ran out it was because they were already gone. I saw one person on the ground, a guy in full black, I don’t know where he got shot I think he got shot in his waist.”
” After the first gunshot I came out and saw this older man disrespect this young man and when the guy ran up and started shooting him and he fell to the ground and that is how the guy got away. Everybody was right there while the little boy did it, right in front of everybody.”
“I went to look for my brother-in-law and my sister. I just left ‘Footy’ at the gate fixing his bicycle and went to borrow his phone to listen to music and he told me to wait and he would get it off the bed and I went to fool around with my brother in law and my sister to the back of my home and Footy told me that he would get the phone for me. We heard a loud thunder, we were about to dash under the bed. After the thunder was over, we heard a series of shots and when we ran through the door, my sister ran out in a towel, we opened the back gate they said that it was Footy that got shot, when they said that we saw the boy that had the gun run straight up the street with the gun in his hand, a silver gun a 38 and they ran in the bush where Footy was and fired a lot of shots but only one caught him on the side of this leg on the right side and he was crying out. So me and another person took Footy out of the bush and we brought him out where someone else could take him in the car and that is how he got to the hospital. Someone else went down the street to peep and when he went to look they fired shots at him and he got one in his hand, one in his leg and one underneath his arm and his hand and a foot is broken.”
“He got shot, why?”
“I don’t know if he got shot because he went to help Footy or what; I can’t tell. This shooting happened in front of a lot of people, big day; everybody was on the street and the three boys came bare faced.”
“So you could have seen their faces?”
“You could have seen them, everybody saw them and everybody saw who did it.”
“Are they people from the neighborhood?”
When we got to the scene, police investigators and scenes of crime technicians were processing the area and conducting interviews with some residents. The incident occurred some yards away from a police booth which was locked up at the time. One resident spoke on the response time from the police when she had called them.
“No police was there?”
“No police at all. The booth was empty and locked up, no police on foot, no police on bike, no kind of police back here at the time of that shooting. We called two different times and that is because when I called the first time the lady she asked where and I told her near the Adventist church and after that they would get more information. They said okay and that they would send a mobile. Not long after that I hung up my phone and then I heard another set of shots so I ran down the street and I called again and a man answered and I told him that I had already called before and that I was calling to tell them that I was calling about another shooting they said alright. About half an hour after a lot of police were swarming the area doing nothing and they still went empty handed. I only know one of the little boys, Raheem, only one of the persons I knew the other one I don’t know where he came from.”
“What kind of person is Raheem?”
“He is a clown, he doesn’t fool around with people. I don’t know if he has record but he is one of the cool ones.”
Also at the crime scene was the head of the Gang Suppression Unit, Mark Flowers and a team of GSU officers who were conducting house searches in the area. Love News understands that in the Jane Usher Boulevard area there are some major riffs currently occurring among three factions which may lead to more violence. The group doing interventions and peace talks with the criminal element, led by Senior Superintendent Chester Williams, is expected to meet with the residents of Jane Usher Boulevard on Sunday, August 9.