Gun violence in Belize City has spiked over the last few violent weeks, and in a space of four days, three separate shooting incidents have resulted in injuries to four young ladies, in three different neighborhoods of the south side.
The latest incident occurred on Tuesday, June 12, shortly after 11:00 p.m., when Kenesha Humes was shot in her right leg.
Humes and about six other family members and friends were seated on a black Iszu Rodeo parked in front of their Vernon Street home.
Humes told The Reporter that suddenly two men rode up on bicycles, with their faces covered.
Both men pulled out handguns and began shooting at the crowd.
Fortunately, the two shooters’ aim was off and no one was seriously injured.
Humes was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and discharged herself, according to police.
Police Scenes of Crimes technicians recovered about nine expended shells from the scene.
Humes’ mother, Barbara Humes, 55, told The Reporter that the police recovered two sets of expended shells from the scene.
Police have not made any arrest in this latest incident.
About an hour earlier around 10:25 p.m. Carrie Wade, 21, was socializing in front of #9 Vernon Street, when a lone gunman came from the direction of Mussel Street and fired several shots in her direction.
Wade was shot in her right upper thigh and right leg.
Police reportedly have detained one person in the investigation of this shooting.
On Friday, June 8th, around 10:35 p.m., Crimes Investigation Branch (CIB) officers visited the K.H.M.H., where they saw Renesha Pitts, 18, with a gunshot wound to the left side of her abdomen. Police also saw Carly Cardinez, 20, a domestic, with gunshot wounds to both side of her buttocks.
According to police, both young women were conversing with two men on Yarborough Road, when they were shot.
Police reported that an unknown man came from the direction of Dickenson Street and fired a number of shots in their direction.
Street sources told The Reporter that the young women were not the intended target and that one of the young men was the intended target. This shooting may be gang related.