SAN PEDRO, Thurs. Mar. 12, 2015–Exactly one month after Meredith Escalante, 13, a student of San Pedrito, San Pedro, was shot in the chest and neck by two gunmen while sitting in the kitchen of the apartment where she and her mother lived in the Espat’s Apartment Complex, one of the gunmen has been arrested and charged.
At about 9:30 Wednesday, February 11, the two gunmen went into the yard of the apartment building and fired at the apartment in which she lived, damaging the walls and the door of the dwelling, grazing the girl in the neck and chest.
Police have announced that their investigation into the shooting led to the arrest of Deshawn Goff, 21, a fisherman of San Pedro. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder and deadly means of harm.
Yesterday, March 11, one month after the shooting, Goff was taken to the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court, where he appeared before Magistrate’s Sherigne Rodriguez and was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until Tuesday, April 28.
Police said that they continue to search for the second shooter.
Meredith Escalante is lucky to be alive, but she has been left traumatized. The shooting occurred less than a week after Kareem Eagan’s house was shot at several times by gunmen who similarly went into his yard. During the shooting, Eagan was hit in the leg.
Police believe that Meredith was not the intended target of the gun attack that caused her injuries, but that the shooting was in retaliation for the ongoing shootings in the area.
Escalante has since been treated and released from the San Pedro Polyclinic.