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#489447 - 04/14/14 04:52 AM Late night shooting Sunday night  
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Reports have been received that three individuals are believed to have been shot this evening on northern Ambergris Caye. Police has transported one male to Belize City for medical care who sustained two gunshot wounds. Police are currently looking for the other two injured individuals who fled the scene of the gunfire. The San Pedro Sun will provide more information as it becomes available.

#489448 - 04/14/14 04:55 AM Re: Late night shooting Sunday night [Re: Marty]  
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#489474 - 04/14/14 06:03 PM Re: Late night shooting Sunday night [Re: Marty]  
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? well SPS?

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#489475 - 04/14/14 06:17 PM Re: Late night shooting Sunday night [Re: elbert]  
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#489478 - 04/15/14 12:46 AM Re: Late night shooting Sunday night [Re: Marty]  
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It would be nice to have a more specific idea where North; these reports consider everything north of the bridge "North": that is more than 25 miles to the end of the Island, whereas "South" (of San Pedro) is only about 3.5 miles.

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#489479 - 04/15/14 04:44 AM Re: Late night shooting Sunday night [Re: Marty]  
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There was another shooting in San Pedro, in which the victim narrowly escaped fatal injury.
The San Pedro Sun reports that it happened at around 5 p.m. on Sunday in the Bacalar Chico Area on Northern Ambergris Caye. 25 year-old Miguel Fuentes was walking on the beach with several other men, when a group of 5 approached them. One of the men started shooting at the group, and Fuentes was struck once to the left hand near the elbow and once to the right side of the back.

Fuentes and his companions ran into the sea, where they escaped, and were picked up by a passing vessel.

One of the occupants of the vessel was fortunately a doctor, who gave Fuentes emergency treatment to stop his injuries from bleeding out. He was then rushed to the San Pedro Poly Clinic, and he was later transported to the KHMH.

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#489480 - 04/15/14 04:48 AM Re: Late night shooting Sunday night [Re: Marty]  
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Miguel “Motita” Fuentes shot on northern Ambergris Caye

One man was retrieved from the sea off northern Ambergris Caye after he was shot on Sunday April 13th. The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Miguel Fuentes aka “Motita,” a fisherman of a Boca del Rio address in San Pedro Town. At the time of the incident, Fuentes was accompanied by 18-year-old Christian Espat and 20-year-old Brian Espat, also fishermen of a San Pedrito Area in San Pedro Town.

According to police, the incident occurred sometime around 5PM in the Bacalar Chico Area on north Ambergris Caye. Fuentes told police that he and the Espats were walking on the beach when they were accosted by a group of five men, one of whom took out a firearm and started shooting at them. In the process, Fuentes was shot twice, once to the left hand near the elbow and once to the right side of the back. The trio then ran into the sea to take cover from the bullets and it was from there that they were later retrieved by a passing vessel.

One of the people inside the vessel was US National, Dr. Gregg Godfrey. His intervention and medical expertise helped save the life of a heavily bleeding Fuentes. “We were travelling in the Bacalar Chico Area and we noticed three individuals waving their hands frantically and we went upto them. We noticed that one of them was shot and we pulled him into the boat and he said that somebody shot him with a big gun,” explained Dr. Godfrey. Once inside the boat, Dr. Godfrey managed to splint and bandage the wound, and then rushed Fuentes to San Pedro Town for medical attention. Fuentes was taken to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro PolyClinic II for treatment and later airlifted to Belize City, where he remains hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH).

All three individuals are known to authorities on Ambergris Caye and because the incident occurred in an area known for criminal activities, police strongly believe the shooting has to do with a fight over drug-turf. Police continues their investigation into the incident.

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#489485 - 04/15/14 05:14 AM Re: Late night shooting Sunday night [Re: Marty]  
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Talk about good bad luck.

#489496 - 04/15/14 06:45 AM Re: Late night shooting Sunday night [Re: Marty]  
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This is the area Tour Guides take the tourist to snorkel and picnic on the beach. It's been a drop off point for drugs coming in from Colombia headed for the Mexican border for decades but lately the activity has increased and it's uncomfortable and even dangerous to take tourist there.

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#489695 - 04/18/14 01:01 PM Re: Late night shooting Sunday night [Re: Marty]  
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Shooting victims hurt while trying to assist police in their investigation

Two teenagers who were the victims of a shooting incident on northern Ambergris Caye are upset and making allegations against the police department. The two making the allegations are 18-year-old Christian Espat and 20-year-old Brian Espat, both fishermen of San Pedro Town. The allegations follow injuries received while in handcuffs as they headed by boat to the area in which they were shot at on Sunday April 13th. While the injuries are one aspect that has the brothers upset, they are not happy with the treatment they received at the hands of the police. After they took our report they asked us if we could take them to the area of the shooting so they can process the scene and we voluntarily agreed to go with them. Little did we know that they were going to handcuff us as if we did the shooting,” said Brian.

Brian further claims that they were taken onboard a vessel captained by members of the Belize Coast Guard and was accompanied by officers attached to the San Pedro Police Department. “They had no knowledge about how to navigate through the water. In fact they did not know how to get out of the channel and while going through the channel we almost capsized after a large wave hit the boat. The force of the wave hit us, almost flipping us overboard. I was handcuffed to my little brother and he got flung one way and I got flung the other way. The force broke the handcuff and injured my hand. My brother [Christian] got hurt in the back after he hit the rear of the boat [stern] and from the constant pounding of the waves. He was obviously seriously hurt because he was unable to move,” recounted Brian Espat. He explained that the captain of the boat continued navigating in very rough seas which Brian believes worsened his brother’s injuries. “I indicated to the officers that my brother was hurt, and they just laughed at us."

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