By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
A 16-year-old boy, who was reportedly part of an attempted ambush attack, is in a critical but stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) after the attempt failed.
According to police, at around 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, the 16-year old and two older men emerged from the Queen Square Anglican Primary School compound and headed onto Fairweather Street and on the bridge and attempted to ambush someone at gunpoint, when the pistol from one of the attackers malfunctioned.
Police add that while attempting to fix the weapon, the attacker shot the minor in the abdomen, reportedly causing damage to several organs. They left the area without injuring their intended target, and the minor was taken to the hospital.
Officer Commanding Eastern Division South, Senior Superintendent Chester Williams explained that police have the other two accomplices detained pending a charge of aggravated assault. He noted that the attacker cannot be charged for shooting the minor without the minor making a complaint. Williams, reasoning that it is unlikely that the minor will make a complaint, says that police are contemplating charging the shooter additionally with discharging a firearm in public.
The minor is under police guard at the hospital and will be arrested and charged once he has recovered.
“According to our information, their intended victim is not a trouble maker, but was targeted because the attackers have something with a relative of his”, Williams said. “The shooting victim is a known affiliate of the George Street Gang, who has been charged several times…”
He added that the Belize Police Department calls on the entire community, especially parents, to do their part in the fight against crime.
“And this is what I mean when I say ‘parents need to take control of their children. The victim is 16, he should not be out of his house at night, especially with a gun”, Williams pointed out.
Williams maintains that while ED South will continue to scale up its community policing efforts, the department will also actively pursue those who choose to live contrary to the law.