Three shootings in Belize City leave two dead and one injured

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Crime and Violence Report in Belize

Crime and Violence Report in Belize

Sunday, April 13, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Saturday in Belize City saw three separate shooting incidents in a span of less than 24 hours, causing two deaths and injury to a third man.

Around 10:00 a.m. Saturday on Dolphin Street near Wesley Upper School, a man identified as 20 year old Glen Alvarez, aka “Dut”, was riding a bicycle toward the bridge crossing Collet Canal at the junction of North Creek Road and Fairweather Street when a single armed man, also on bicycle, rode up from behind and fired several times at Alvarez, who was injured in his left leg.

One person is detained by Police, pending investigations.

Nine hours later, police were called out again to Mike’s Club at the corner of West Canal and Regent Street West, where around 7:00 p.m., 27 year old Darrington Lauriano was shot three times by a lone gunman of dark complexion, who entered the bar through a back entrance located on the east side of the building near the canal.

The gunman shot Lauriano, who was seated on a barstool, in the side of his forehead, left side of the nose, right side of the cheek and right arm.

Lauriano was pronounced dead on arrival at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. It was a busy Saturday night at the club and there were several witnesses, reportedly including a Government Minister known to frequent the establishment.

Lauriano was recently charged with burglary, in November 2013, along with a female minor for the theft of over $80,000 and previously beat a murder charge.

And Police have confirmed that there was a second murder in Rhaburn’s Alley on the Northside of the City in the Pickstock Division.

The victim has been identified as 57 year old Alfonso Cruz. According to police reports, Cruz was with friends in the alley around 10 o’clock on Saturday night when a lone gunman rode up on bicycle and opened fire. Cruz was hit to the left side of the chest and left lower back and he was pronounced dead twenty minutes later at the KHMH.

Police continue their investigations.

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