Headline — 24 February 2018 — by Albert J. Ciego
Murder again on 8th Street; Clinton Fitzgibbon killed

His killer did his best    to kill Fitzgibbon’s girlfriend, but his gun jammed twice

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Feb. 22, 2018– Three days after a gunman invaded a yard at #5 8th Street, Kings Park, at about 11:30 Saturday night, and killed Luis Dominguez, 35, a killer crept up to a yard a few lots away from where Dominguez was killed and gunned down Clinton Fitzgibbon, 45, while he and his girlfriend, Dorita Wallace, were sitting on an old refrigerator that was on the street-side in front of their home.

At the time Fitzgibbon was murdered, at about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday night, a wake for Dominguez was taking place at the yard in which he was killed, about a hundred yards away. Dominguez, the father of a daughter, 2, and a baby not yet born, was shot 5 times, in the head and chest, while he lay sleeping on a table. He was killed almost instantly.

Information to us is that Fitzgibbon was shot three times in the left side of the chest and twice in the left side of the back, and he fell to the ground immediately. Wallace, 37, the mother of their 4 children, was shot in the left leg.

After being shot, Fitzgibbon and Wallace were both rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), where Fitzgibbon was declared dead shortly after arrival. Wallace was admitted in a stable condition and she is presently being treated while she recovers in a ward.

Reports to us are that after Fitzgibbon’s killer saw him fall to the ground he turned to deliver fatal shots to Wallace, who was immobilized after being shot in her leg. Fortunately, the gun malfunctioned. The killer briefly attempted to clear the gun, and then he took aim at Wallace again. But again it did not fire.

When some men from the yard where the wake was being held saw that the killer’s weapon had apparently jammed, they collected some pieces of wood and courageously set after him, but he was able to escape before they collared him.

Dominguez’s grandmother, who is devastated by the death of her grandson, spoke to us but asked that her name not be mentioned. She told us that she saw the shooting. She said that when the killer was trying to free the jammed gun, Wallace began screaming, and this is when the men moved after him.

She said that Fitzgibbon lived not far from her house, and practically grew up in her yard, which is a very popular place where people go to socialize, play dominoes and cards, sometimes up to midnight on weekends. She said Fitzgibbon came by to play cards and other games sometimes.

She said Fitzgibbon usually was a loner and did not seem to be a troublemaker. He had gone to the wake for her grandson for a while, and then he went back to his house. She said she is appalled by the actions of the brazen killer, because he saw that a lot of people were around but he still went to kill Fitzgibbon and Wallace.

She told us that she has lived in her yard for the past 35 years and such brutal acts have never happened in the area before.

During the regular Monday police press brief, held at the Racoon Street Police Station, ASP Alejandro Cowo, Commander of Crimes Investigation, said that they believe that Dominguez had been the target of the shooting, although the motive for the murder was not yet known.

At the Racoon Street Police Headquarters this morning, ASP Alejandro Cowo said that no one has been arrested in connection with any of the shootings on 8th Street.

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