Crime — 18 February 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

Spectators watching a basketball match on a Ladyville basketball court were thrown into an uproar when a gunman went into the area and opened fire with a shotgun at about 9:00 last night.

There was confusion, as people “scattered” to escape the shooting.

Arlene Bainton, 37, a domestic who resides at the corner of Partridge and Pigeon Streets in Belize City, and Ornan Joseph Avila, 16, a student of Paradise Lounge, Ladyville, suffered gunshot injuries. Bainton was grazed near the left temple, and was shot in the foot and arm, while Avila was shot in the left side of the chest, inside the left lower arm and in the left foot.

They were both treated at the Belize Defense Force Hospital at Price Barracks in Ladyville and later released.

Police believe that the gunman went to the area from behind the basketball court fence.

Bainton told police that she was among the spectators watching the basketball game when suddenly, they heard a loud bang, and people began to run and others quickly took cover on the ground.

She also tried to take cover, but felt a burning in her body and saw that she was bleeding from various wounds, and that was when she realized that she had been shot.

Police are seeking a suspect.

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