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Third Shooting In Two Days In Smith Bay Leaves Man Severely Injured With Multiple Gunshot Wounds

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — There have been three shootings in two days in the Smith Bay area of St. Thomas’ East End — two of them fatal.

On July 22, 2017, at approximately 9:32 p.m., citizens called 911, reporting that several shots were fired in the Smith Bay area. Upon arrival Patrol officers confirmed that a male was struck multiple times about the body and while sitting in his vehicle.

 The Major Crime Unit Detectives observed a black male who appeared to have sustained injuries due to the incident and were being transported via ambulance to the Schneider Regional Medical Center Emergency Room for medical attention.

The detectives later traveled to the Schneider Regional Medical Center and made contact with the victim who was a black male who sustained multiple gunshot wounds about the body and was being treated for said wounds.

On Friday July 21, 2017 at approximately 2:15 am a concerned citizen called 911 and reported shots fired in the Smith Bay area, in the vicinity of Lake’s Chicken Fry restaurant, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

Citizens also informed 911 that there were two men lying on the ground motionless, according to the VIPD.

Police arrived in the area of Value Foods convenience store and observed a man who appeared to have suffered at least one gunshot, lying on the steps just outside the business.

A few feet away outside of the Lake’s Chicken Fry restaurant, officers discovered a second male who also appeared to have been a victim of gunshots.  Each man appeared to be unresponsive to police on the scene.

EMT’s arrived on the scene and pronounced each man dead at the scene, police said.

Police said that the names of the male victims are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to please contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340) 774-2211 or Criminal Investigation Bureau (340) 714-9801. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 222-8477 or 911.

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

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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