Eleven-year-old Carline Pinto survived and is in stable condition after she was shot four time as she slept in her parents’ home at #32 Benbow Street, just before dawn last Saturday, August 11.
She was shot in her chest and belly, but latest reports say the worst is over; as a surgical team at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital had worked feverishly to save her life.
Tyrone Pinto, 18, Carline’s brother who works for a security company in Belize City, was also shot in his knee, but has been released from hospital and is doing all right.
Eight bullets penetrated the plycem wall of the house, leaving an irregular line of marble-sized holes at the same height as Carline’s bed.
Her mother, Arlene Banner, 43, was home at the time. She told The Reporter her daughter responded to her when she visited her at the KHMH on Monday morning.
She said her son and daughter were asleep on the same bed.
“All of us were sleeping, and then we heard the gunshots. One of my other children bawl out, ‘Ma Carline got shot.’”
Banner said that when she picked up the phone to call 911, it was about 4:50 a.m.
“And that is all I can tell you, nothing else!” Banner said.
When asked if anyone in her house had any gang affiliation, she replied: “To be honest, I am not going to say yes, and I am not going to say no.
“As far as I am concerned, that is not what we know this family as.”
As to what motive prompted the shooter to come and shoot up her house, she said, “That is a good question, even I am asking myself.”
She said she has counted 11 shots on the side of the house.
Apparetnly the shooter or shooters had approached the house from the rear from South Creek Road.