By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter
A 54-year-old repairman was shot and killed as he rode his bicycle on Victoria Street while heading home just after 11:00 p.m. on Monday.
According to Superintendent Suzette Anderson, OC Precinct Three, Winston Whylie was shot once in the stomach as a gunman rode up to him against to the flow of traffic and fired the single shot.
Whylie fell to the ground from his bicycle in front of the Fabro’s Glass Shop. Neighbours who heard the shot called the police.
After being shot, Whylie, who was still alive at the time, was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital by a Belize Emergency Response Team ambulance. He was later pronounced dead at 1:16 a.m. on Tuesday.
According to Anderson police didn’t retrieve the expended shell from the scene but police have detained one person of interest whom they believe may be able to assist them in solving the case.
Police have been unable to establish a motive for this crime. Whylie wasn’t known to police to be a troublemaker.
Wilma Thompson Whylie, sister of the deceased, said she was alerted of her brother’s death when police visited their home on Police Street around 2:00 a.m. She was taken to the hospital but her brother had already died by the time she reached.
Whylie said her brother had received threats in the past but didn’t think that the threats were anything serious.
Whylie said she is hoping for justice for her brother’s death.
According to Whylie her brother worked on Police Street repairing appliances and electronic gadgets in the morning and would leave to go to Lovely Lane, where he originally lived, in the afternoon to do more repairs.