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Four Men Aged 19 To 23 Shot At Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion Friday Night

 

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FREDERIKSTED – For the second time in three night shots rang out at the Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion.

This time, four people were shot. On Wednesday night, one person.

The 911 Emergency Call Center notified police at 10 p.m. Friday that gunshots had be fired at the Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion.

Police arriving on the scene found men aged 19, 20, 21 and 23 who were wounded by gunshots.

Three men were transported by ambulence to the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center by ambulance. The fourth was taken to the hospital by a private vehicle.

The shooting victims all sustained non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The wounded men told police that they were sitting down outside within the grounds of Walter I.M. Hodge, when a small SUV drove by and began to fire gunshots. The men immediately ran, trying to seek cover from a hail of bullets.

None of the four wounded were able to identify who shot at them or give a detailed description of the SUV used by the shooter or shooters.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to phone 911 or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477 or go to www.crimestoppersusvi.org

The Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion is managed by the Virgin Islands Housing Authority (VIHA). The VIHA is run by Executive Director Robert Graham.

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   VIHA’s Robert Graham

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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