Two youth shot on Jane Usher Boulevard

The sound of gunfire erupted on Jane Usher Boulevard in Belize City this morning just before 11:00.  Two young men, identified as 22 year old Raheem Arnold of Curl Thompson Street and 18 year old Shemar Moore, were shot following an argument with another person standing on the street corner. We understand from a resident who was in the area that one of the shooting victims hit the assailant as he was passing, leading to a shouting and cursing match. The assailant went home and returned with a .38 silver revolver which he used to shoot his attacker in the left pelvis. He reportedly ran out of bullets and went home to reload, and as the second victim was passing en route to his house he too was shot to the arms and legs. We hear more from Superintendent Hilberto Romero of Criminal Investigation Branch on where the investigation is taking police.

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“Okay, these guys were on the street on Jane Usher Boulevard when they had some argument with some persons in that area. One was shot first then as he was going to his grand mother’s house, the other person was shot.”

Reporter

“Sir are they believed or are they connected to any of the gangs in the Jane Usher area?”

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“We are still working to establish that. We know that they are from that general Jane Usher Boulevard area.”

Reporter

“Is the shooting believed to be gang related?”

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Again, we’re investigating that we need to establish what the motive is for this shooting.”

Reporter

“Sir are the victims and the assailants friends or acquaintances?”

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“We don’t know at this time. Like I said they’re at the hospital receiving treatment. Thereafter we will continue the investigation and establish certain things.”

Reporter

“Would you say the shootings are connected, related?”

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Yes, we believe they are the same persons that did the shooting.”

Both Arnold and Moore are stable in hospital at news time. The incident comes as Police held a meet and greet with area residents last week, ahead of a coordinated effort to settle internal rivalries that are “deep-seated” and at boiling point according to Police officials. Commander Eastern Division (South) Senior Superintendent Chester Williams has vowed to bring the groups together in peace as recently happened in the Ghost Town area.

 

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