Police are investigating three separate shooting incidents in the Old Capital this weekend, which left eight persons injured, two critically.
We begin on Saturday night around 9:45 p.m., when 28 year old Sigmund Trapp and 25 year old Anthony Scott, both residents of Belize City, were walking on Kut Avenue toward Euphrates Avenue when at the corner with Amara Avenue, one block away, when they were fired on from someone inside a black Ford Escort vehicle with dark tinted windows which was coming from Euphrates Avenue.
Trapp was shot to the right hand and right leg and Scott to the right hand and upper back. They are in stable condition at the KHMH.
Then, a few hours later around 3:20 a.m., 16 year Corine White, a student of West Street, was shot while with two men in a vehicle at the corner of Calle al Mar and Newtown Barracks across from the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel. A single armed man approached the vehicle and fired at all three, hitting White in the right ear and chest. White is now stabilized at the KHMH but her condition is still critical.
Finally, about eight hours later on Sunday night, the peace and innocence of a graduation party being held at the Brown Sugar Marketplace on North Front Street was disrupted when according to police, two men fired several shots in a crowd, causing injuries to five persons, identified as 19 year old Windel Neal, in the abdomen and left leg; 22 year old Triston Gordon, pellet wounds to the back; Daniel Cain, 26, to the right leg; Adelyn Vernon, 21, to the left inner thigh and an unidentified man with multiple pellets to the head and back.
This last person is in critical condition at the KHMH. We spoke to the party’s organizer, Gilda Diaz, who says violence was the last thing she expected when she decided to borrow a section of the building for the event.
“The bad man just came and…I don’t know; he is certainly like in a circle right there on the patio and started shooting. Everybody just started running in a different direction away from this door. But when everybody could gather themselves and went outside, everybody was gone and basically there were only about five right there, and I was walking around outside and then…oh, there is a body out here! Then, I started screaming, somebody help this person! Then, I said, are you alive? Are you okay?”
Mrs. Gilda Diaz: “No. I continued saying, move your fingers or your eyes; he could do none of those. But he did, “ahh”, and then I realized he was alive…and that’s it”.
Approximately 100 attendees were catered for but it is not known how many actually attended. Diaz says they do not know the identity of the severely injured young man or how he came to be at the party, but asks the public to assist the Police in establishing his identity.
Mrs. Gilda Diaz: “But I never thought that having a graduation party would he do this because they are only kids, let’ say between 16-18, those of the ages going up. We had rules, but nothing prepares anybody for something like this. Unfortunately, there is a young man in the hospital that needs at least his family. So, if anybody is raising a child, that’s seen their son, check the hospital, please; he is not doing good now”.
Police recovered nine 9 mm. shells from the scene. They continue to investigate all three incidents.