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Chinese grocer shot in Cayo #416081
09/13/11 08:33 AM
09/13/11 08:33 AM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
A male Chinese grocer was killed in Cayo on the tenth night. It happened around 7:00 pm, when gunmen went into a popular supermarket in Santa Elena with their guns blazing.

Four people were injured, one of them fatally. Monica Bodden found out more:..

Monica Bodden Reporting
Brothers Super Store in Santa Elena Town - became a bloody scene on Saturday night - after 2 armed robbers entered the establishment and opened fire at the owners of the store.

4 persons was shot - including Zhong He Lei who got shot to the lower abdomen, Fule Lei who was shot to the right leg, Zhou Xiang Li who was shot to the right thigh and Leyvea Valdez who was grazed from a bullet to her left finger. The incident happened around 7 o'clock Friday night.

Inspector Mai - Deputy Officer Commanding San Ignacio Police
"Police visited the scene at about 7:15pm. Upon arrival they observe 3 Chinese men and a Hispanic female suffering from gunshots wounds. Zhong He Lei, 56 years old Chinese businessman of the Western Highway was observed with a single gunshot wound to the lower abdomen. Fule Lei, 28 years old Chinese businessman of the same address with a gunshot wound to the right leg. Zhou Xiang Li, 60 years old businessman with a single gunshot wound to the right thigh and Leyvea Valdez, 29 years old Belizean shop attendant was suffering from a graze to the left ring finger."

Zhong He Lei - owner of the store, succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment at the La Loma Luz Hospital. According to police the men got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Inspector Mai - Deputy Officer Commanding San Ignacio Police
"About 7:15pm 2 dark skin males mask; one armed with a pistol arrive at the store. Zhou Xiang Li was sitting down just outside the shop on a crate, they fired at him first after which the entered the building. Everybody went to the back of the building - the customers and the attendants of the store. This gave the perpetrators the time to enter the place. One went behind the counter and took an undisclosed amount of money after which they ran across the Western Highway."

While the robbers exited the store, they came in contact with a purple ford ranger pick-up truck that was pulling out of this junction across the street.

The robbers then shot after the vehicle. Luckily for the two passengers, neither was shot.

Inspector Mai - Deputy Officer Commanding San Ignacio Police
"Suddenly a purple Ford Ranger pick-up was coming out onto the highway - was hit with a single gunshot that damages the passengers' door - but both occupants were not hurt."

According to this one eyewitness - who wishes to appear off camera for his own safety, he saw a green ford escort car pull up and parked beside Brothers store. 3 men exited and crossed the street. Just seconds later he saw them making their way back towards the store with mask on their faces.

"At 7pm a truck came in with Belize City license plates - park next door to Brothers Store when 3 male assailants walk out and went over the street and came back with masks. I see no face; I just heard gunshots ringing off. We decide that we would take cover and scatter - we ran across the street for cover."

Monica Bodden
"You were by the super market? Inside, outside - where?"

"It happens like 2 minutes after we walk out."

Monica Bodden
"What kind of vehicle? Can you describe that to us?"

"It's a green Ford Escort car with Belize City license plates."

Monica Bodden
"So you guys heard the commotion and decide to flee the scene?"

"All of us ran across the street and 2 of us dash for cover inside the bushes."

Monica Bodden
"How many gunshots you heard?"

"More than likely about 4."

Police retrieved 5 expended shells from off the scene and presently they have several persons in custody as their investigation continues.

Channel 7

Re: Chinese grocer shot in Cayo [Re: Marty] #416092
09/13/11 09:06 AM
09/13/11 09:06 AM
Joined: Mar 2006
Posts: 655
San Pedro, Belize
LaraTravelBelize Offline
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my sympathies to the family. the chinese folks get targeted so much - it's so horrid. seems like there might be able to catch the guys that did it.

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