The Police Department has launched an investigation into the recent shooting incident on Saturday, January 20th, that left two persons injured in San Pedro Town. The victims have been identified by police as 48- year-old San Pedro Tour Guide Gilberto ‘Hillyboo’ Lara, and 25-year-old Honduran waitress Katherine Vanessa Torres Zelaya. Lara apparently received a gunshot to the chest, while Zelaya was grazed on her back. Both were transported to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II for treatment. Zelaya’s less severe injury was treated at the Polyclinic and released, but Lara was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize City where he was initially admitted in critical condition. He has now been upgraded to stable condition.

The official report from authorities indicates that about 3:30AM on Saturday, they observed Lara suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the left side of this chest, and Zelaza with a graze to her right upper back. Initial investigations revealed that they were traveling on a golf cart on Sea Weed Street of the San Juan Sub-division when they heard shots and realized they both had been shot. They then drove to the San Pedro Police Station where they were assisted by officers on duty and transported to the Polyclinic.

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Local Fisherman/Tour Guide Gilberto Lara In Shooting Incident
Information has arrived to Ambergris Today that local fisherman and tourist guide Gilberto “Hilliboo” Lara has been shot but is in stable condition at the Karl Heusner Hospital in Belize City. Reports are that Lara was shot one time on his left side of his chest but that the wound was superficial and that he should recover well. The incident took place at around 3:30a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018, in the San Juan Area of Ambergris Caye. Reports indicate that San Pedro Police have no suspects or motive for the shooting incident at the time.