Fatal Chopping in Corozal

A Corozal man of Hispanic descent was caught by police in the act of chopping another individual of Creole decent.

According to police, at around 9:15 pm on Tuesday, December 9th, Corozal police responded to a chopping incident on College road, Corozal Town. Upon arriving at the scene, police observed 29 year old Carlos Cassanova, of Coro Street, inflicting several chop wounds to 29 year old Mark Massam Jr., of Bocotora Street, who was lying on the ground inside an open yard. Police vlcsnap-2014-12-11-06h49m38s220reportedly ordered Cassanova to drop his machete but he refused and continued to chop Massam all over his head and upper body. Several warning shots were fired but still Cassanova continued his carnage. Police then fired several shots at Cassanova which caught him on the thigh and leg. As a result, Carlos Cassanova dropped the machete and police managed to subdue him.


vlcsnap-2014-12-11-07h05m01s213Inspector Peter Serrano – Deputy Officer Commanding Corozal Police

“Initial investigation revealed that both Cassanova and Massam, sometime around 9:10, they were both riding on separate bicycles in a westerly direction on College Road, where an argument started, and ended up with the machette fight.   

The matter is presently under investigation.  At present I must say that Carlos Cassanova is under police guard at one of the medical institutions.”


29 year old Carlos Cassanova was taken to the Corozal town Hospital, and later to the Karl Huesnor Memorial Hospital, where he is admitted in a stable condition. 29 year old Mark Massam Jr. was transported to the Corozal Community Hospital, but succumbed to his injuries at about 10:20 pm that same day.

Police continue to investigate.

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