This weekend was an ugly one in Belize City. There were at least 8 shootings two of which resulted in murder, a mass stabbing where we have confirmed that at least three people got injured and two accidents that led to death. On Saturday morning sometime around 3am CIB personnel visited the KHMH where they saw 38 year old Dwight Panton 38 suffering from gunshot wounds to the left side of the chest and to the right thigh. Kenroy Humes 23 years was also suffering from gunshot wounds to the left arm, the right side of the face, near the ear and the center of his lower back. Louis Itzab had received a gunshot his left foot and one to the right side of the chest, Bruce Willacey and Martin Oluwadare a 33 year old Nigerian Taxi driver were also receiving treatment for gunshot. Initial investigation reveals that that about 2:45am a fight ensued at the entrance of Element Bar located on New Town Barracks. During the altercation gunshots were fired and all the above listed men sustained the injuries. This morning the police department held a press conference where police press officer Fitzroy Yearwood addressed the matter.
Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer
On Friday June 9th, there was a shooting incident on Newtown Barracks that claimed the lives of two persons – Dwight Panthon succumbed to his injuries on June 9th, and as of late of yesterday evening, another victim from that shooting incident Kenroy Humes succumbed to his injuries at the KHMH while undergoing treatment. On that same night we had another shooting incident where two females that were associating with a group of men on Yabraah Road received gunshot wounds as a result of a person attacking that group and firing several gunshots at them. The females were identified as 18 year old Renesha Pitts and 20 year old Carly Cardinez. Another shooting incident was reported around 3:20 on June 9th where Sheldon Sosa, a resident of Albert Street was walking on Iguana Street and upon reaching the junction of Elston Ker Street, he heard several gunshots and realized that he was hit.
The scene was processed where a weapon that is believed to be used in the shooting was recovered.
The weapon believed to have been used in connection with that murder is a 40mm Smiths and Wesson brand pistol. We also recovered a magazine containing fourteen live rounds of 40mm ammunition. We have five persons detained in connection with this incident and we have impounded a taxi believed to have been used in the orchestration of that crime.
Two men that were caught in the crossfire in front of the Bar succumbed to their injuries. First was Kenroy Hume who had received numerous shots to his face and body. Humes was one of five men who had been acquitted for the murder of Randy Coye in December of 2011. In the police press conference this morning Assistant Commissioner Elodio Arogon pointed out that Humes was no stranger to the law and that his death is believed to be gang related.
Elidio Aragon, Assistant Commissioner, Police
I can clearly tell you that those are definitely associated with gangs. If you look at the persons involved and you look at the criminal record, you will see that these people are all gang affiliated - when I’m talking about the main players in each of these incidents.
Dwight Panton succumbed to his injuries whilst undergoing treatment. As is the case with Humes Assistant Commissioner Elodio Aragon says that Panton’s death was also gang related.
Dwight Panthon succumbed to his injuries on Saturday June 9th, and as late of yesterday evening, another victim from that shooting incident Kenroy Humes succumbed to his injuries at the KHMH while undergoing treatment.
Police recovered (6) .40 mm expended shells (5) .9mm expended shells, (1) GFL brand .9mm live round and (5) expended shells.