6 dead and 5 injured in 8 shootings in just over 48 hours
BELIZE CITY, Mon. Mar. 19, 2018– A surge of deadly shootings in the city over the weekend has claimed the lives of five people, including two women, Teresita Flowers, 64, and Delcia Blanco, 17, of Tibruce Street. A sixth murder, that of Alexi Palma, 23, occurred in Chan Pine Ridge, Orange Walk District.
Besides Palma, Flores and Blanco, dead are Victor Gibbs, Kendis Flowers, and Denton Alvarez, all of Belize City.
Also, over the weekend there were three more shootings, but the victims survived.
The madness began at about 6:30 Friday evening. Victor Gibbs, 30, a salesman of Mex Avenue, Belize City, was driving in his Ford Escape SUV on East Canal from South Street to Orange Street when, on his arrival at the stop sign at the corner of King Street and East Canal, an unknown man rode up on a bicycle and shot Gibbs.
Police found Gibbs dead in his vehicle in the middle of the street, slumped over the steering wheel with gunshots wounds in his head and cheeks and in the back of his left ear. About five expended shells were found. Police do not yet know the motive for the shooting.
Several hours later, at about 3:00 Saturday morning, Kendis Flowers, 27, of Mayflower Street, was found dead on Sittee Street, lying face-up with a 9mm pistol in his hand. He had been shot in the right eye.
During a media brief yesterday evening at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel, Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie said that sometime Friday night, Flowers was at a popular nightclub when he became involved in an altercation with some men.
Flowers and a friend, Maleek Pitts, got into a taxi, reportedly to go pick up Flowers’ gun, and he returned armed and went to confront the men, but when he pulled out his gun to shoot, the gun malfunctioned and consequently, Flowers was shot.
About a half hour later, at about 3:30 that same Saturday morning, police went to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) and saw Maleek Pitts, 23, of Belize City, with a gunshot wound in his upper left leg. Police said that Pitts was with Flowers during the shooting, and had been shot. He was treated and released from the KHMH, but has been detained.
Commissioner Whylie said that three men have been detained for investigation.
Subsequent shootings later on Saturday and on Sunday caused more fatalities and left more persons injured. Brian Welch, 30, a stevedore of Belize City, is currently fighting for his life in the intensive care unit at the Karl Heusner Memorial after he was shot in the chest and the back by one of two men who fired at him while he was walking on Gibnut Street at about 5:30 Saturday evening.
Information to us is that Welch was walking from Central American Boulevard, towards Curassow Street, when two men on a motorcycle rode towards him, and fired at him.
Welch was hit, and he fell. The shooters then rode away on the motorcycle, and he was rushed to the hospital.
Then at about 7:00 Saturday evening, March 17, Teresita Flowers, 64, a mother of 8 children and grandmother of many grandchildren; Delcia Blanco, 17, a girl who had been residing with her, and Blanco’s friend, Shaniqua Requeña, 16, were in Flowers’ house on Tibruce Street sitting around a table having supper when, according to her eldest daughter, Andrea Tucker, a family friend who was in the yard ran into the house and said “gunman,” and he escaped through the backyard.