Belize City: Wednesday 5th December 2018
The police say that this morning at about 9:15 a.m. Bartholomew Lucas, 32-year-old was shot to the groin by his common-law wife Tanice Mejia. At the time of the incident, Lucas was involved in a heated argument at Mejia’s residence located at the corner of Magazine Road with Vernon Street here in Belize City when she pulled out an unlicensed firearm and fired three shots.
After the shooting, Mejia fled the scene in a Dalla van, but investigators quickly tracked her down and took her into custody while Lucas was rushed to the KHMH hospital where he is listed in stable condition.
This area is being monitored by police because of a recent murder that took place about a month ago in front of the Polyclinic. This particular shooting incident took place less than three hundred feet away from a recently placed police booth and check-point.
During police investigation in the area, neighbours came out in defense of Mejia telling police and the media that on numerous reports had been made in the past regarding domestic violence against Tanice Mejia. A neighbor said she knows for a fact that Mejia was repeatedly beaten by Bartholomew Lucas, who lives in the area of Majestic Alley.
Police say that the firearm used in the shooting has not been located. The shooting comes during the celebration of Sixteen Days of Activism, which highlights the growing concern that domestic abuse continues to affect families everywhere.