Two Dutch Nationals Killed in Shooting, Belmopan, Belize

At approximately 1700 EST, initial reports indicated that four people were shot in Belmopan Marketplace in Belmopan, Belize. At 1900, local media clarified the number of victims: one child and their adult mother from the Netherlands were gunned down.

According to Channel 5 Belize:

”Police Commissioner Chester Williams has confirmed that two people were murdered earlier this afternoon in a shocking shooting in Belmopan City. The incident happened at the Belmopan Market Day Plaza at around three o’clock. ComPol Williams confirmed that an adult and a child were fatally shot.

The shooter is in police custody. A picture shows him shackled and sitting on the floor of the police station. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the shooter is Haitian-American. The victims are from the Netherlands. Police are investigating the motive.”

Eyewitness reports that the suspect ran down the street and deliberately shot the mother and child in a targeted attack.

This is developing.