General — 09 September 2017 — by Albert J. Ciego
Ambush in San Pedro; one dead, one hospitalized

SAN PEDRO, Ambergris Caye, Wed. Sept, 6, 2017–Rudolph Pitts, 36, a maintenance worker at a resort in northern San Pedro, was found dead at about 3:30 this afternoon in some bushes off a back road in northern San Pedro, with 4 gunshot wounds in his chest and abdomen.

San Pedro police were looking for Pitts after he was reported missing after 8:30 last night by his friend and co-worker Edgar Lopez, 22, of San Pedro, also a maintenance worker at the same resort.

Lopez told police that he and Pitts were walking on a back road in northern San Pedro at about 8:30 last night when three men came out of the bushes and opened fire on them.

Lopez said that he managed to escape the ambush and ran, and Pitts also ran, but while Lopez was able to make it back to the resort where he works, and was thereafter taken to the San Pedro Polyclinic for treatment for the gunshot injuries he sustained, the whereabouts of Pitts was unknown, and a search was launched for him.

Superintendent Reymondo Reyes, Deputy Commander of Eastern Division of the police department, during a police press brief held today at the Queen Street Police Station said that after the report was made, today, police went back to the area to look for Pitts, and that was when his body was found.

Lopez was taken to the San Pedro Polyclinic by the staff of the resort, and he was airlifted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he is admitted in a serious but stable condition.

The motive for the deadly gun attack on the two men is unknown.

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