Headline — 11 June 2013 — by Rochelle Gillett
Leon Gray, 24, charged with attempted murder

Police say he shot at Malcolm Wagner, 23

Today, Leon Gray, 24, was charged with attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and wounding, all of which were the result of an alleged shooting incident that occurred on June 4, 2013.

According to police, at 7:05 a.m. on June 4, they received a report of a shooting incident at the corner of Flamboyant and Vernon Streets. Police responded to the report and went to the scene, where they found Malcolm Wagner, 24, a resident of Flamboyant Street, suffering from an abrasion to his elbow.

Wagner reported that he was at the corner of the street when the two men — one of whom was wearing a mask— approached him on a motorcycle. The masked man then pulled out a gun and fired in his direction, causing the injury.

Police, after investigating the shooting, determined that Gray, a resident of #17 Fern Lane, was one of the two men who were on the motorcycle that day, and charged him for the crimes.

Gray was unrepresented when he appeared before Magistrate Adolph Lucas, Jr., where no pleas were taken, as the charges are indictable and will be heard at the Supreme Court. Due to the nature of the offenses, Gray was then remanded to the Belize Central Prison, and is scheduled to reappear in court on July 31, 2013.

But while Wagner was the victim in this incident, he is no stranger to police, as just the day before the shooting, Wagner was taken before the court of Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser, where he was charged with handling stolen goods after he was caught riding a bicycle that was reported stolen, by none other than the police officer who owned it.

Reports are that on May 31, Wagner was found in possession of one GT Aggressor mountain bike, valued at $500, which belongs to PC Alexis Banner. According to Wagner, he had borrowed the bike from a friend on Thursday night, and when he went to return the bike, his friend told him that he could hold the bike until Friday.

But on Friday night, when he was riding the bike, the alleged owner of the bike, PC Banner, saw Wagner on the bike, stopped him and informed him that the bike was his. Wagner was then arrested and charged with handling stolen goods.

Wagner was offered and met bail of $1,500 and one surety of the same amount, and is scheduled to reappear in court on July 25, 2013.

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