11 year old grazed by bullet; another man grazed to the head

 An 11 year old was also grazed by a bullet in Belize city on Wednesday; so was a 26 year old man.  According to Police reports,  26 year old Nicholi Rhys was walking at the corner of Prince Street and East Canal about 6:30pm when he heard several gunshots fired. He later discovered that he was grazed on the top of his head. 11 year old Gladimir Avelar also received a gunshot graze to the left leg whilst he was standing inside his yard on King Street. Police told us more.

ASP Alejandro Cowo, CIB

 Mr. Nicoli Rhys was walking at the corner of East Canal when he was approached by a male person who fired several shot in his direction and he received a graze to the top of his head. [He] was admitted to the KHMH and was released on the same night police. On the seen found several expended shells and even found a 9 mm black pistol with an empty magazine. Also while police where dealing with the scene they encountered a minor who also had received a graze to his leg however he was treated and he is presently at his house.

Nicholi Rhys is no stranger to police and is known for gang affiliations. Police say the shooting is believed to be gang retaliation.

 ASP Alejandro Cowo, CIB

Yes we suspect it is a retaliation of a previous shooting that had been happening in the city or within the same vicinity. Yes there are more patrols in those areas. George Street has a foot patrol and a mobile patrol within that area and also there are other mobiles with Wagner’s Lane, Taylor’s Alley and Conch Shell Bay that are covering that entire area at least to stop what is happening at this moment.

Police do have  heavy presence in the area where the rivals between the Taylor Alley gang and the George Street gang have been fighting. However, bullets continue to fly. Police were asked if there has been any effort at mediation.

 ASP Alejandro Cowo, CIB

For a fact there has been mediation among the group. However there is only so much that the police can talk to them. Tell them what is happening, opening their eyes.We cannot be there with them the entire 24 hours but, I know they have been having several meetings with the different groups to address the situation.

Police say that Rhys was the intended target in the shooting. He was on the street when he was shot at and the child was inside his yard when he was grazed by one of the bullets.








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