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VIPD: Drive-By Shooting By Masked Men Injures Three Near Smith Bay

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — On Sunday, February 5, 2017 at approximately 4:11 p.m. the 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of shots being fired in the vicinity Smith Bay, police said.

Shortly after the report was made, three men arrived at the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center Emergency Room with gunshot wounds about their bodies, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

The three victims were transported by private vehicle. Contact was made with one of the males who stated that while they were sitting on the corner in the area of the old Romanos Restaurant, a gray-colored vehicle drove by and masked men of same began firing shots towards them.

The other two male individuals did not give any information on this shooting.  The three men sustained several gunshot wounds about their bodies and were treated for their injuries.

The case is currently under active investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau, police said.

Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 ext. 5579 and 5557. They can also contact 911, Crime Stoppers V.I., the Chief’s office at 340-715-5548 or the Commissioner’s office at (340) 715-5506.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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