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Mother and child shot at in vehicle Police say is ‘tied’ to gang figures

Posted: Friday, June 21, 2024. 5:42 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: A Police Street resident and her young daughter faced down bullets on Thursday morning in Belize City amid escalating gang-related shooting in the Lake Independence/St Martin de Porres area.

Andrea Avaloy and her daughter, as we reported, were driving in a red vehicle when they came under attack. Fortunately, they escaped unharmed even as gunshots riddled the driver’s side door. 

According to Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, who is out of the country at a conference but spoke to LOVE News via telephone, the vehicle is known to be associated with the brothers Hubert and Brandon Baptist, neither a stranger to police and both allegedly linked to gang activity. 

What’s more, the shooting is linked per Williams to the killing of Jaheim Fitzgibbon a stone’s throw away on Lacroix Boulevard, approximately 48 hours earlier, which succeeded the attempt on the lives of Doris Grant and Austin Underwood on Fairweather Street last Saturday. 

It all adds up to rising concern for Williams who has directed holdover Deputy Commissioner Richard Rosado to go after elements who are suspected of conspiring to make trouble, in order to avoid another State of Emergency which has already been implemented once earlier this year in late March.

 

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