General — 16 November 2016 — by Micah Goodin
Ladyville resident in coma after 9 p.m. ambush

LADYVILLE, Belize District, Mon. Nov. 14, 2016–Within an hour, two Ladyville residents survived two separate attempts on their lives.

The first to survive was Golda Martinez, 35, of #3 Bracket Farm in Ladyville. She was reportedly inside her home with her children at around 8 o’clock Sunday night when someone began to throw stones at her house.

She peeped through a window to see who the culprit was, and saw a man near some bushes.

The man, Martinez said, was dressed in black, with a white hoodie. He was holding an object and pointed it towards her.

However, she quickly moved away from the window, and then heard a loud bang. The gunman had blasted a hole in the front door of her home, and he then fled the area.

Police were immediately called to the scene, and are investigating the shooting.

At around 9 o’clock that same night, Ladyville police were again called out, but this time to the Old Northern Road, where they observed a man on the ground bleeding profusely from the head.

Ladyville resident Anthony Vansen, 34, told police that he was heading from the Old Northern Road to the Philip Goldson Highway when he heard a loud bang, and realized that he had been shot.

Vansen further told police that prior to being shot, he did not see anyone in the area.

He was later transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), where he is listed in a critical but stable condition.

According to ACP Edward Broaster, a bullet hit Vansen’s skull, but there were no injuries to his brain.

Though in a coma, Vansen is expected to make a full recovery.

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