29 year old Pedro Aldana Ayuso is Belize City’s latest murder victim, shot dead around 7:00 Tuesday evening inside a fiberglass skiff near the Belcan Bridge in Belize City. This is murder number four for 2015.
According to police, the fisherman, who resides on Oleander Street in Belize City, had dropped off a skiff at a residence in Conch Shell Bay and while traveling in his own vessel approaching the Bridge, another skiff approached from behind and the shooter inside opened fire, shooting Ayuso twice in the abdomen, before fleeing toward the Belchina Bridge.
Aldana Ayuso died almost instantly, and was formally pronounced at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, about 20 minutes after the incident.
So far police have not established a motive, but officer commanding Criminal Investigation Branch for Eastern Division, Superintendent Hilberto Romero, says police are chasing leads and suspects.
“We have not established a motive at this time. This shooting incident happened in the river and he was in a vessel. The only information we have is that another vessel was heard speeding off after the shooting.”
“Sir, is this man, Mr. Ayuso, known to the police for any run-in with the law or anything like that?”
Supt. Hilberto Romero
“No, he is not known to the police. We are doing our investigation at this time, and following up on some leads that we have.”
According to Superintendent Romero, this incident is not linked to any recent shootings or murders in Belize City, and apart from one drug trafficking charge, Aldana Ayuso has stayed out of trouble with the law.
Their investigations continue.