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Gang Warfare!

by Rowland A. Parks

Staff Reporter


The inter-gang rivalry that flared up over the weekend has resulted in the death of two of the city’s most feared gang leaders.

On Sunday, April 22, the boss of the Taylor’s Alley Gang, Arthur Young, was killed during a police operation in the Ladyville area, where he was hiding out.

Police are mum on the details surrounding Young’s death; but reported only that they had captured Young, who later tried to grab a gun, while he was being transported in the pan of a police pickup. His escape attempt resulted in him being shot.

The police said Young’s killing is still under investigation and they will release the details as soon as the investigation is completed.

Young had many run-ins with the law, and  was said to be the most feared gang figure in Belize.

On late Friday night, April 20, that the boss of the George Street Gang, Sheldon “Pinky” Tillett (also known as Sheldon August) and a female companion were killed.

Police reported that Tillett had stopped to make a purchase at the Esso Ramon’s gas station on the Northern Highway after 11:00 p.m.

When he returned to his white Ford Ranger, a man wearing a so-called “dread hat” and whose face was covered with a mask, pulled up in a silver Nissan Pathfinder  and opened fire on the two, killing them on the spot.

According to the official police report, Tillett was shot in the center and left side of his chest, in his right arm and neck.

Andrews sustained gunshot wounds to the left arm, left arm pit, right breast and right rib cage.

The gang warfare apparently began around 3:00p.m. on Friday afternoon on a crowded Orange Street—just a stone’s throw away from Taylor’s Alley, when a lone gunman on a bicycle opened fire on two men: Orlando “Bam” Reyes and another man, who were  riding against the flow of traffic.

When the two reached in front of Dominoes Store, a man, who rode a bicycle in the opposite direction, pulled out a handgun, and fired a barrage of shots at Reyes and his friend.

Reyes was hit multiple times and ran in the opposite direction to East Canal street, where he collapsed in the doorway of Mike’s Club.

Police transported his body to the KHMH, where a doctor pronounced him dead on arrival.

Following Tillett and his friend’s murder, anxiety blanketed the city as many residents feared retaliation from the George Street Gang.

In the early morning hours of Saturday, April 21, the Police Department, issued a press release informing city residents that the police and the Belize Defense Force would be stepping up patrols in Belize City.

Detachments of the Gang Suppression Unit and the BDF were seen late on Saturday afternoon in increased numbers; however, the increased patrols were not enough to deter elements of the gangs from launching further attacks on their rivals.

Around 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, the violence would claim yet another life: Peter Flowers, 26, a stevedore, who is said to be associated with the South Side Gangsters (SSG).

Flowers went to the Belize Port Limited to check on his work gang, but on his way there two men, who were in a black Toyota Camry, saw him and one of them pulled out a handgun and fired at Flowers.

After firing two shots, and hitting Flowers in his leg, the gun jammed.

The gunman then got out of the car; stood over Flowers, who had fallen near the junction of Allan Pitts Crescent and Caesar Ridge Road, and shot him about ten more times. Flower’s died on the spot.

The gunman re-entered the car, which immediately sped off. Two nearby policewomen attempted to set chase, but their vehicle  malfunctioned.

Other police officers spotted the black Camry on Cemetery Road and pursued the vehicle, but the car’s occupants managed to out maneuver the  police, as they ditched the car along Amara Avenue, and escaped on foot.

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