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#500979 - 02/12/15 04:22 AM Young girl shot late last night
Marty Offline

The San Pedro Sun has received reports of a shooting in the San Pedrito Area tonight, Wednesday, February 11th. According to police a young girl was shot in the chest and was rushed to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro PolyClinic II. Reports confirm that she is in stable condition and undergoing medical treatment.

The shooting happened around 10:10pm. The girl was injured inside her home and residents say at least three shots were fired. Police are on the scene conducting their investigation.

San Pedro Sun

#500980 - 02/12/15 04:29 AM Re: Young girl shot late last night [Re: Marty]
Diane Campbell Offline
San Pedrito was pretty much cleaned up and quiet until one person became a target in a dispute. Wonder if this is a stray bullet in the same ugly feud.

#501019 - 02/13/15 03:54 AM Re: Young girl shot late last night [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
A 13 year old girl was shot in San Pedro last night. It happened at around 9:20 in the San Pedrito area. Two men reportedly opened fire on a room in the Espat Apartment building. 13 year old Meredith Escalante was closing the door at the same time and one of the shots grazed her chest. She was taken to the polyclinic where she did not require treatment because it was only a superficial wound. Police believe the shooting is retaliatory and drug related.

Channel 7

#501025 - 02/13/15 04:31 AM Re: Young girl shot late last night [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Minor Shot in San Pedro

Meredith Escalante

A thirteen year old student of the Ambergris Caye Elementary School has been shot at her home while she prepared for dinner. Tonight, Meredith Escalante is lucky to be alive but has been left traumatized. Two shots hit her; one on her chest and the other on her face. A duo of young men was seen fleeing the area after at least five shots were fired at the apartment complex where she lives with her family in the island.  Police believe that while Meredith was not the intended victim, the shooting was in retaliation of another two weeks ago. Duane Moody reports.

Duane Moody, Reporting

Just before ten o’clock on the island of San Pedro, gunshots rang out in the San Pedrito area, a portion of the island that has emerged as a hotspot for criminal activity. Maria Escalante and her children had just closed their front door and were about to have dinner when at least five shots were fired at their apartment. Moments after, her thirteen year old daughter, Meredith, fell to the ground – she had been shot to the chest.

Maria Escalante, Mother of Shooting Victim

“She was standing right where you are and she just did this [puts hands to her chest]… “Mom I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.” And I just said what happened, what happened and she said mom I can’t breathe and she got stiff on the ground. That instant I just yelled after everybody. Honestly no one helped me.  I tried to go from doctor to doctor. Doctor Dan was the first one available; after that he just sent me to the polyclinic…thanks to the twenty-four hours and all the doctors and nurses that were there available.  She is so lucky that it just went through one side and came out through the other side. She was so lucky…she was just…an angel was beside her. If you look at the bullet holes all over from through my door, my baby would be dead right now.”

Kareem Eagan

The shooting, police believe, was in revenge for the attempted murder on well-known alleged drug-peddler, Kareem Eagan, who was shot to the leg two days earlier, on February ninth. The apartment complex is owned by “Rolly” Espat, another alleged drug trafficker and the retaliatory shooting on Wednesday night was on a room once used by one of the sons. Superintendent Luis Castellanos says that Meredith is a victim of circumstances.

Supt. Luis Castellanos, O.C., Coastal Executive Unit

“She was inside her residence which is at the Rolly Espat’s apartments when they heard several gunshots and while she was in the kitchen, she felt the burning sensation to the chest and realized that she could not breathe. The family members rushed her to the private clinic where we then intervened.  I applied to the court to have the gentleman relocate from the area and that he could not be five hundred yards from the residence of the Espat because we believe that there is a rivalry between the Espats and this gentleman, Mister Eagan. And so to avoid further confrontation, we made that application and we were successful in having the application granted to us.”

Luis Castellanos

Duane Moody

“The Espats, they are known to the police?”

Supt. Luis Castellanos

“We know that they are involved in drug peddling and if you recall the news, several of them have been shot before and so they are known to the police.”

Two youngsters, believed to be the gunmen, were reportedly seen fleeing the area after the shots were fired. While the family is relieved that Meredith is at home safe, the family is traumatized by the ordeal.

Maria Escalante

Maria Escalante

“I’m still shocked. It is something that happened all of a sudden. We were just standing and we heard the bangs and that was it. My baby fell and that is what happened. I didn’t see anything. I screamed and try pick up my baby and through the door. I can’t say I see because I’d be lying. I won’t blame anybody cause I don’t know what happened.”

Duane Moody

“You guys weren’t the intended target. What are you going to do now? Are you going to stay here?”

Maria Escalante

“Honestly, I don’t know. I’m all alone. I have nobody that I can say oh I can go to my family. I am all alone. All I can say is that I am a hard working mother; I am a single mother of six kids. All I do is work for all my kids, all by myself.”

No one has been detained in this latest shooting.

Supt. Luis Castellanos

“We don’t know who they are; we are asking the public if they can assist us. We know that there are some problems in that area; we will be policing the area. We will have more focus in the area because now it is a problem area for us and we need to address the situation.”

Duane Moody for News Five.

Channel 5

#501495 - 02/25/15 06:14 AM Re: Young girl shot late last night [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Drug War Threatens Residents of San Pedro

Meredith Escalante

A near-fatal shooting in San Pedrito on February eleventh preceded this morning’s deadly attack at the Espat apartment in which two year old Daniel was killed.  It is firmly believed that the gunmen may have mistaken the unit numbers when they let loose a salvo of rounds into the room.  The gunfire injured thirteen-year-old Meredith Escalante who was inside preparing for dinner.  She had been shot once in the chest.  This morning, Meredith’s mother, who asked to appear off-camera, gave an update on her daughter’s recovery.  Despite reliving the harrowing ordeal in the wee early hours, Maria Escalante says she has no choice but to relocate for fear of her life.

Voice of: Maria Escalante, Mother of Shooting Victim

“She is okay now.  She is alright.  What could I say, she is okay.  She is out of danger and that’s it.”

Isani Cayetano

“You live as a tenant in an area that is considerably dangerous at this point in time, seeing as though this is the second shooting incident within a short span of time.  Do you fear for your safety?  What measures are you taking personally to either deal with the situation at hand or to move on?”

Voice of: Maria Escalante

“I’m just leaving the place because my kids are not here anymore.  I had to move them.  So I’m going to be moving next.”

Isani Cayetano

“In the wake of what you heard happen here last night, what are your thoughts?”

Voice of: Maria Escalante

“I don’t know.  I honestly, I don’t know.  I can’t say anything because I don’t know.”

Channel 5

#501896 - 03/06/15 06:21 AM Re: Young girl shot late last night [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Police Will Arrest For 13 Year Old Shooting

A month ago, we told you about how 13 year-old Meredith Escalante was grazed by a gunshot in the crime-riddled area of San Pedrito on the island of San Pedro.

Well, police have been investigating this case, and today, San Pedro police told us that an arrest is imminent:

As we reported, that incident happened at around 9:20 p.m. on Thursday, February 11. Meredith Escalante was about to close the door of the apartment building she lives when 2 men fired shots at the building. One of the shots grazed her chest, and when she was taken to the San Pedro Polyclinic, it was determined that she didn't need medical treatment.

Channel 7

#502105 - 03/12/15 05:42 AM Re: Young girl shot late last night [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Detectives Say Deshawn Did It

San Pedro Police finally arrested and charged 21 year-old Deshawn Goff of the DFC area with attempted murder, dangerous harm, and use of deadly means of harm. This, as we told you last week, was for the shooting of 13 year-old student Meredith Escalante.

Channel 7


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