Deadly Valentine weekend leaves 5 hospitalized

By Ingrid Fernandez/ Staff Journalist

Police are investigating four shooting incidents that happened in Belize City and Hattieville over the Valentine weekend.

On February 11, around 9:00 p.m. a 19-year-old Sandhill resident reported that a person he knows from the same village came out from nearby bushes and opened fire at him and a friend he was socializing with. Both persons escaped without injury. Police are still investigating the incident.

The next day on February 12, two separate shooting incidents left two people hospitalized at the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). At around 6:50 p.m. Raheem Jaeem Bailey, 19, was at home in the company of a friend on Pitts Crescent when a person he identified as Deon Bracket came riding on a bicycle from the direction of T-street.

When Bracket reached about 20 feet away he took out a gun from his pants waist and fired several shots at Bailey. He is in a stable condition at KHMH. Bracket has since been arrested and charged for the crime.

That same night around 8:05 p.m. a 17-year old male minor was shot in the Boots Crescent area by the corner of Rivero Street Extension. The minor was heading towards the extension when a man approached him from behind and fired several shots, causing him a gunshot wound to the upper back.

Police found the minor near the St. John Vianney Primary School at 8:10 p.m. and transported him to the KHMH where he remains in a stable condition. Police have arrested 20-year-old Joseph Lopez in connection with the incident and have charged him with ‘attempted murder’, ‘dangerous harm’ and ‘use of deadly means of harm’.

On Valentine another shooting occured in Belize City, leaving three wounded and hospitalized. Around 3:40 of that morning, Wilbert Welch, 19; Davone Gillet, 19; and Chelsea Young, also 19, were walking along Newtown Barracks when they encountered three male persons in a white car. One of the individuals pulled out a firearm and opened fire, presumably at Welch, wounding him to the left shoulder and causing abrasions to the forehead.

Gillet and Young, who were coming behind him, were also wounded. Gillet received gunshot wounds to the neck and left shoulder while Young received a gunshot wound to the left hand. The three are at the KHMH where they are listed in a stable condition. Police have detained three persons pending investigations for this matter.

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