BELIZE CITY—A 13-year-old minor was shot as he watched television inside his home on Holy Emmanuel Street in the Lake Independence area of Belize City last Friday, August 1, at around 3:00 a.m.
According to police, the young boy was sitting on a sofa in his living room when gunmen rode up beside his house and fired through the plycem wall of the structure.
Luckily, the child was only hit in the foot, and he was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Inside the house at the time were several other people, including the victim’s older brother, who is 17 years old, and their father.
Initial police investigations revealed that the minor and his 17-year-old brother had gotten into an altercation with two other brothers from the area last Monday, July 28.
Information from an eyewitness is that the brothers from Holy Emmanuel Street had tried to wrest a bag of mangoes from the other two young men, after which a fight ensued, during which the 17-year-old brother of the shooting victim allegedly punched one of the other two brothers in his mouth.
That, according to an eyewitness, led to threats of retaliation.
Police have detained two unnamed suspects pending investigations.
In May, we reported on Melvin Myers, 35, who was working on a vehicle in front of his residence at the corner of Kut Avenue and George Street in Belize City when someone approached and shot him in the head.
While Myers survived the shooting, that incident, we were told, was also as a result of a dispute over mangoes.