Crime

Another youth, Anthony Smith, dies by gun violence

By Marion V. Ali
Staff Reporter

Teenager Anthony Smith, 18, became Belize’s latest victim of death by bloodshed, when he was gunned down at close range just after 8:30 last Friday night on Central American Boulevard.
According to Officer Commanding the Crimes Investigations Branch (CIB) Superintendent Hilberto Romero, Smith was riding a bike on Central American Boulevard when another youth rode up to him and fired several shots .  

Smith, of Sun Rise Avenue, Coral Grove area, collapsed to the sidewalk with gunshot wounds in head, chest and abdomen.
He died while undergoing treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). 
Supt. Romero said that while police do not have information that Smith was part of any gang, he had received death threats from youths from the Jane Usher Boulevard area, not far from where he was shot.  The police officer did not divulge the details or nature of the threats, however, and would only say that investigators recovered a 9 millimeter pistol in an abandoned lot a few yards from the scene.  

Shortly after Smith was shot, police elements stationed near the “hotspot” under a bus stop about 100 yards away opened fire on the suspected gunman, but he escaped unharmed.
A resident of the Port Loyola area where Smith was gunned down told The Reporter that the gunman followed Smith on a bicycle from the Jane Usher Boulevard and fired a volley of gunshots as he approached him in front of a tire repair business on Central American Boulevard. 
The resident recalled having heard about six gunshots, followed by another a few seconds later (which turned out to be the police trying to catch the shooter).

People who knew Smith have said that he was riding along with another youth from Freedom Street on to Central American Boulevard. 
It appears that as his companion realized they were being pursued, and decided to ride off into Louise Bevans Street and out of harm’s way.  

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