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San Pedro Resident Killed in the Old Capital

Another man is dead tonight after he was shot in the vicinity of Bishop and Plues Streets in Belize City shortly after one o’clock this afternoon. He has been identified by police as (VO STARTS HERE) 26-year old Simon Velasquez, a resident of San Pedro Ambergris Caye. Police have not issued many details of the incident but we are told that Velasquez was apparently involved in an altercation with at least two persons on the street and as a result, someone pulled out a firearm and shot him. According to reports, he was hit twice in his back. This is not the first time that Velasquez has been shot. Back in March of 2012, Velasquez was shot by police in San Pedro. The report then was that Velasquez had been involved in a number of fights on the afternoon of March 14, 2012, and police were called to intervene. Velasquez ran from police who set chase after him. At one point in the chase, Velasquez reportedly produced a stick and charged at one of the officers who then shot him once in his upper right thigh. We will keep following this story.