By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter
Police say Belize City residents have no need to panic as the recent spike in gun violence this week are all unrelated and isolated incidents.
According to Superintendent David Chi, officer in charge of Precinct 1, police have no reason to believe that the Friday morning shooting of Marlon Budran and the Thursday evening murder of Herbert Bowden are in any way connected.
Chi confirmed that around 7:30 Friday morning, Budran, 37, was shot twice, once to the head and once to the right instep as he was walking near the corner of East Collet Canal and Wagner’s Lane. According to Chi, Budran told them two men rode up on bicycles and one of them pulled out a gun and shot him.
Budran was able to run away and escape and is listed in a critical but stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Chi said the investigation is in its early stage and no one has been detained as yet but police are seeking a few suspects in connection with the shooting.
In the case of Thursday’s murder, Chi said Bowden suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his body as he stood in a yard on Cedar Street.
According to Chi, police have detained one person in connection with Bowden’s murder but police have not brought any charges against that person. Chi would not comment what might have been the motive behind that incident.
In the wake of these two most recent incidents plus the murder of Ian Adolphus earlier in the week, police have stepped up patrols and will conduct random stop and searches, Chi said. He assured the public that the police are using all their resources to prevent further violence.