Between Thursday and last night, Sunday, police had to investigate five separate shootings in Belize City, and took seven shooting victims, wounded in various parts of the body, to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Police have charged two men, detained two and are seeking one other.
At the end of the shootings, two of the victims – innocent bystanders – remained in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, being treated for gunshot wounds.
The bloody weekend began shortly after 9:00 on Thursday night, January 25.
Police said that that night they received a call that shots were being fired along Pen Road. Upon their arrival they met Frank Vasquez, 24, a resident of Neal Pen Road, suffering from a single gunshot wound to the left side of his buttocks. It was when Vasquez was being transported to the KHMH, that they found out that Joshua Palacio, 15, a resident of Neal Pen Road, had also been shot.
It appeared that Vasquez was walking along Pen Road towards his home when a man approached him and fired several shots, catching him in the left buttocks. Palacio happened to be walking along Pen Road at the same time, heading to the grocery store for his mother. He was shot in the upper chest.
Vasquez, who apparently was the target, said that he does not know why he was shot at. He said that he does not give trouble any longer, and that furthermore, he does not want to carry on old quarrels.
Palacio had to undergo surgery for his injuries.
The second shooting took place exactly 24 hours later, this time on the other side of Pen Road, near the Yabra Bridge.
For that shooting, police said that they have detained one man, whom they expect to charge with attempted murder. The victim, Emrick Meggs, 26, is today hospitalized at the KHMH, receiving treatment for a gunshot wound to the head.
The shooter fired a single shot, which found its mark. Initial police investigations revealed that Meggs was riding a bicycle along West Collet Canal heading towards Yabra Bridge when a man approached him and fired. Police said they found Meggs lying on the ground, and he was transported to the hospital.
About an hour and a half later that Friday night, the third shooting occurred, at about 10:30. Police were this time called to the Iguana Street area where they found two victims – Zane Garnett, 20, a resident of an Iguana Street address, and Dionicio Howard, 31, a resident of an Elston Kerr Street address, suffering from gunshot wounds to the pelvic area and left foot, respectively.
Police said that they are seeking a suspect who allegedly entered Garnett’s yard that Friday night, where he was hanging out, and fired several times at him. Garnett ran, but was still shot.
Garnett told police that he was inside his yard when a masked man came from the back and began firing at him. He then ran towards the street and Howard, who was standing behind a vehicle nearby, was hit accidentally.
While Garnett and Howard were being treated for their wounds, police were called to yet another shooting, the fourth for the night. This one occurred about four and a half hours later, at about 3:00 on Saturday morning.
The victim, Shaphon Domingo, 21, a resident of Hattieville, was standing in a yard on Amara Avenue talking to a young woman when a gunman rode up on a bicycle and fired several times at him. Domingo was shot in the left and right thighs, his abdomen and in the left side of his back.
Police have since arrested and charged Vincent Galvez, 18, the son of the owner of Lion King Club, for the shooting. He appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court today, Monday, where he was charged with attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and dangerous harm.
It took a little over 24 hours, but gunshots again echoed through the streets of Belize City.
Reports are that at about 6:30 last night, Sunday, January 28, Officer in Charge of CIB, Superintendent Chester Williams, was in the Neal Pen Road area when he heard several shots being fired. According to Williams he then saw two men on bicycles attempting to flee the area.
Williams was able to intercept one of the cyclists, and found him with a .38 revolver.
That person was later identified as Carlton Tasher, said police.
According to Williams he then went to the area from where the shots were heard, and found Kaylon Matura, in his early 20’s, a resident of Central American Boulevard, suffering from a gunshot wound. Police did not say where exactly Matura was shot.
Matura told police that he was riding his bicycle on Neal Pen Road when he was approached by two men riding bicycles. Matura reported that one of them fired several times in his direction. He was transported to the KHMH, where he was admitted to ward in a stable condition.
This afternoon, Monday, Belize City resident Carlton Tasher, 20, a resident of the corner Fabers Road and Central American Boulevard, was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s court on one count of attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm.
Tasher appeared in Magistrate Court #4 in front of Chief Magistrate Margaret Gabb-McKenzie, but because of the nature of the crime no plea was taken. He was remanded to the Hattieville Prison until February 5.
Police continue their investigations as they are seeking one more suspect.