While the police try to police themselves, the Ministry of National Security has been working on a strategy to keep Belize City crime free. Last week there was the declaration of a state of emergency in two areas of the city. Although measures are being put in place, it was not enough for a 24-year-old who was gunned on Saturday night. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo explained how it unfolded.
Asp Alejandro Cowo: “On Saturday just after the Carnival Parade Police responded at about 9 pm at the corner of Baldwin Dr. and Neils Penn Rd. where upon arrival they met the lifeless body of Anthony Mcdonald lying on the street side with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and to the shoulder. What Police have learned so far is that Anthony Mcdonald was walking along Neil’s Penn Rd. and just about reaching with the intersection with Baldwin Dr. he was approached by someone who fired several shots at his direction causing the above fatal injuries to him.”
Cowo said the Department is maintaining its high presence to ensure that citizens feel some sense of safety.
Asp Alejandro Cowo: “Yes despite of the measure the Police has taken; any other area of the city is of concern to us because we know of the tension between the other rivals; not only the two rivals that we have presently being dealing with but you know the entire city.”
Police have no suspects at this time.