SAN IGNACIO, Cayo District, Wed. Aug. 5, 2020– An investigation into the shooting of five persons — 4 men and a woman — at about 1:30 Sunday morning, July 18, in the parking lot of CK Sports Club in San Ignacio, initially led police to John Alexander Hendy, 33, an unemployed resident of Santa Elena Town, and Travis Tyler Navarro, 26, a self-employed resident of Gaol Lane in Belize City.
Police announced today, however, that a further investigation into the shooting led to two men who are believed to be the masterminds of the shooting. Minor Galindo, 31, an unemployed Santa Elena resident, and his brother, David Galindo, 34, a self-employed Santa Elena resident, have been charged jointly with conspiracy to commit murder.
It is believed that the Galindo brothers masterminded the shooting, as an act of retaliation against Windell Trapp, who was one of the victims of the shooting, and who had previously been detained by police during an investigation of a shooting that had caused the death of the mother of the Galindo brothers.
The two brothers have been detained pending arraignment.
The gunmen who carried out the shooting sprayed bullets at 4 men in a vehicle, after shooting a police officer who was standing outside the vehicle, in the jaw.
Samuel Hall, 19, a taxi driver of Esperanza, died almost immediately on the scene, as did Windell Trapp, 28, an unemployed San Ignacio resident.
Injured in the shooting were Marquees Robateau, 19, a sailor of the Belize Coast Guard, who was shot in the chest, back and leg; Constable Danny Jimenez, 32, of San Ignacio police, whose jaw was shattered after he was shot in the mouth, and who now needs reconstructive surgery; and Telesha Mckay, 28, a consultant of Esperanza, who was shot in the shoulder.
Hendy and Navarro have been jointly charged with 2 counts of murder, 3 counts of attempted murder, 3 counts of deadly means of harm, and 3 counts of dangerous harm, and have been remanded until October 28.