By Marion Ali
Derrick Romero, an 18 year-old unemployed resident of Orange Walk Town was shot dead shortly before 10:30 on Wednesday inside hissyard at #5 Sittee River Street. The gunman walked in plain view of three other people, asked for Romero by name and then emptied a nine millimetre clip in his body.
The gunman rode up on a bicycle, entered the yard and asked for Romero. He then walked around the yard to the back yard and called out “Derrick!” When Romero spun around, he shot him multiple times. The shooter then fired shots at Romero’s stepfather who was standing a few feet away. He ran to escape the bullets and the gunman scaled the back fence and escaped, without injuring anyone else.
Assistant Superintendent of Police, Melvyn Tillett, who is second in command at the Orange Walk Police Station, told The Reporter that Romero got hit in the upper left shoulder, abdomen, back and back of the neck. Police were taking statements from two persons who were in the yard but haven’t made any arrests as yet.
The Reporter understands the shooting was gang-related and that the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) had gone to Orange Walk just two weeks ago to try and quell rival conflicts that have been brewing there lately. So far, three youths have been killed by gun warfare in Orange Walk in fewer than two months.