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One killed, two others shot in 24-hour span on Antelope Street Extension

By Michelle Sutherland
Staff Reporter

Three people were shot within a 24-hour span on the Antelope street extension in Belize City, with one person being killed and two others recovering from gunshot wounds.

The first incident – the murder of Belize City mechanic, Christian Velasquez – happened around 11:00 on Wednesday night.
Velasquez, 23, was reportedly standing with a group of friends when a vehicle passed by and a gunman unleashed a volley of shots from inside the car. Velasquez was shot once in the left side of his chest.

He was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hopistal (KHMH) where he later died.
Eastern Division South Deputy O.C., Superintendent Daniel Arzu said police do not believe Velasquez was the intended target and that he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Police recovered two expended .9mm shells from the scene. Police have also detained two suspects for questioning in connection with the shooting, and the vehicle believed to have been used in the attack.

On Thursday, two other men, Ryan Arnold and Marion Ramirez were shot and are recovering from superficial injuries. It happened around 2:00 p.m. Arnold was shot to the left side of his neck, and Ramirez was shot once on the right forearm. Both men have been listed as stable at the KHMH.
Scenes of Crime technicians are processing the vehicle believed to have been used in the Velasquez murder for evidence.

As a result of the recent spike in violence, Arzu says that the Police Department will increase its presence of foot and mobile patrols in the Antelope Street Extension area.

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