A week ago, a tour guide was murdered in San Pedro and on Tuesday night, another resident of the island was shot as he headed home. Around nine-thirty p.m., on Sandpiper Street in the San Juan Area of San Pedro Town, twenty-one year old Darrington Louriano Junior was shot to the left shoulder. According to Louriano Junior, after realizing that he had been shot, he saw a gunman coming from behind. Louriano hid in a yard and was later escorted to the San Pedro Polyclinic where he was treated and released. While Louriano did not recognize his attacker, police say that they believe the shooting was as a result of drug activity on the island. Corporal Luis Rodriguez of San Pedro Police says that while the identity of the shooter is known to police; a formal statement has still not been forthcoming from Louriano.
Via Phone: Cpl. Luis Rodriguez, NCO, NCIB, San Pedro Police
“San Pedro police visited the scene where upon arrival, one Darrington Louriano Junior, twenty-one year old Belizean fisherman of San Juan Area, San Pedro Town was seen suffering from a single gunshot wound which apparently penetrated the back of the left shoulder and exited the front of the left shoulder. The victim reported to the police that around nine-twenty-four p.m. on said date, he was walking on the same street when he heard someone running behind him and at the same time he heard several loud bangs. Immediately after, he felt a burning on the left shoulder and realized that he had been shot. He turned around and saw a male person of dark complexion wearing a grey T-shirt and dark in color three-quarter pants holding a handgun in the right hand and aimed at him. On seeing the male person, he ran into a nearby yard while his assailant fled the scene. The victim did not recognize his attacker and the motive for the shooting is unknown at this time. He was taking to the polyclinic where he was treated for his injuries and his injuries classified as wounding. He was later released. Our initial investigation wants to reveal that it is a fight for turf; it is drug related.”
San Pedro Police has since increased foot and mobile patrols in the San Juan Area.