The violence was amped up over the weekend in Belize City. Just before ten o’clock on Friday night, 18-year-old, William Nicodemus Lewis was shot to the back, the left side of his derriere while 23-year-old, Raheem Staine bore abrasions to his left hand, right wrist and left calf. Love News spoke to Lewis’ mother who says that she doesn’t want anyone to harm her children as they were innocent victims.
Jose Sanchez – Reporter: “Belama Resident William Lewis and Raheem Stain were socializing on Peter Aston Street on Friday night. A group of friends stood in front of Lewis’s Grandmothers home which is across the street from where he lives. A gunman then came from behind Lewis’s home and fired at the group.”
ASP Alejandro Cowo – Head CIB Belize City: “Police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they observed two male persons suffering from gunshots injuries. The first male was identified as William Lewis 23 years old of a Belama Phase 2 address and Raheem Stain with gunshot grazes, also from the Belama Phase 1 area. Both of them, what we understand where socializing at William Lewis’s residence when someone came from the bushes and fired at their direction. We understand that it was one of the male persons that was along with them that might have been the intended target. Mr. Williams was admitted on the first night and he was discharged the following day, Mr. Rahiem Stain was treated and discharged the same day. What we understand is that it is a dispute that is going on between a group of male persons from the Belama Phase 1 and Phase 2 area.”
Jose Sanchez – Reporter: “The gunman did not get the target on motorcycle and chased Lewis to the corner of the street where he fell in an empty lot. He said the gunman attempted to shoot at him as he stood over his body. His mother Lavara Young though very distraught has not slept since the incident. She says she only wants peace for her children and her family has no interest in revenge.”
Lavara Young – Mother: “My family we were brought up strict, we don’t make problems for anybody.”
Jose Sanchez – Reporter: “Everyone was at home when the incident happened and I understand that it was right across the street at Grandmother’s House?”
Lavara Young – Mother: “Yes everyone was at home and the incident occurred in front of my mother’s house.”
Jose Sanchez – Reporter:” So close to home.”
Lavara Young – Mother: “Right across the street from my home.”
Jose Sanchez – Reporter: “Now we know none of your children were the target for this incident.”
Lavara Young – Mother: “ No my son is not that type of person, he is not into any kind of gangbanging. He keeps to himself, he goes does his work and comes home because his job is right around the lane so nowhere far.”
Jose Sanchez – Reporter:” He goes to work, he comes home, he is a good kid and he plays ball?
Lavara Young – Mother: “ Yes, he always goes to the basketball court with his cousin because that night he was along with his cousin and two guys just came to hang out with them. We are not looking for any retaliation, I don’t encourage those things, I just want peace, no violence.”
ASP Alejandro Cowo – Head CIB Belize City: “Police has detained two persons that are being questioned.”
Jose Sanchez – Reporter: “Though Lewis and Stain have both been released from the hospital Lewis has a bullet lodged near his spine that cannot be removed.”
Report are that Roman Petzhold, Dennis McKoy and Selvin Waight escaped from the gunman without any injuries.