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Uptick in criminal activity; three shot over holiday weekend across Belize City

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Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2022. 12:11 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Police continue their investigations into three separate shooting incidents spanning the holiday weekend, all occurring in Belize City.

The shooting started on Saturday night when police visited an area on Freetown Road in front of a grocery store, where Charles Reid, 19, was standing when a lone man on a bicycle, unknown to him, rode past and fired shots at him. One hit him and he was transported to the KHMH where he is listed in a stable condition.

Reid, according to Assistant Superintendent of Police Fitzroy Yearwood, Communications Officer for the Department, said he was not able to identify his shooter, “and has since told investigators that he doesn’t know why anyone would want to shoot at him.”

Then, a customer service representative was shot on Monday morning, shortly after midnight as he was socializing with a group of men on Bocotora Street here in Belize City. Cory Popper was struck once to his body when someone from inside a black, four-door pickup took aim at them with a firearm. Multiple shots were fired, resulting in Popper’s injury.

In the third incident, Patrick Jones reported to police that he came under gunfire while driving his vehicle in the vicinity of Mopan Street. Despite overturning a short distance away from where the shooting occurred, he was able to escape unscathed.

In none of the cases have any suspects been identified or a motive ascertained as yet.

The shootings are part of a sudden rise in crime countrywide, but especially in Belize City, coincidentally following the relaxation of COVID-19 related regulations. Additionally, shots have repeatedly been heard to fire in various areas within the City at night.

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