Chinese grocer murdered in the City during armed robbery

By Michelle Sutherland
Staff Reporter

The Chinese business community in Belize is on edge following the Monday night assassination of one of their own, who was killed during an armed robbery at his shop located at the corner of Vernon and Santa Barbara streets in Belize City.
Around 7:30 p.m, on Monday September 25th, fifty-eight-year-old Bainan Wu, owner of Xi He Li Store, was shot once to the left side of his temple by a lone gunman who approached him while he was inside his store.

Police have released little details regarding the circumstances leading to Wu’s untimely demise, but he was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in a critical condition. He died just before 10:00 p.m. that night.
Wu was reportedly residing in Belize for a number of years and ran his shop along with his wife, however she had just left the country for vacation and was not present at the time of the incident.

The Chinese community is now concerned especially since Monday night’s attack followed closely on the heels of last Friday’s attack on another Chinese grocer, located on the same street.

On September 22nd, around 4:20 p.m. Arwing Grocery located on Santa Barbara Street was also held up by a lone gunman who stole an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the scene on foot.
The two events have prompted the Chairman of the Belize Chinese Association, Edmund Kwan to advise his countrymen to be vigilant and step up their security measures.
Police investigations into the two incidents continue. No arrests have been made.

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