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Man Ambushed in Hail of Gunfire as He Leaves Harvey Project in Broad Daylight

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FREDERIKSTED – Shots rang out in broad daylight at Harvey Project in Machuchal yesterday afternoon and the result was that a 27-year-old man was non-fatally injured, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police at 1:45 p.m. Monday August 31, 2015 to a private residence in Estate Williams Delight to respond to a call that a man had been shot, the VIPD said.

Arriving in Williams’s Delight, police met with a man who told them that he had been shot in Bethlehem Village and Profit Hills (commonly referred to as Harvey Project-Machuchal), police said.

According to man’s account to police, he was driving out of Bethlehem Village and Profit Hills (Harvey Project-Machuchal) when he suddenly heard shots fired at his vehicle, which sustained damage from the gunfire. The man said that he hadn’t noticed anyone in the area when the shots rang out.

Police and members of the Forensics Unit cordoned off and examined the area of Bethlehem Village and Profit Hills where the victim was shot and were able to gather several spent shell casings.
Police spoke with various people in the area, but they were unable to provide any helpful information regarding the shooting.

The man who was shot was taken to the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center by ambulance and was treated for a gunshot wound to the lower leg (shin region).

The shooting is under investigation by Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Bureau, police said.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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