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St. Croix’s Eustace Shillingford Shot To Death At Gallows Bay Hardware Today

CHRISTIANSTED — Police said they responded to a fatal shooting at a popular Gallows Bay hardware store late this morning.

Eustace Shillingford, 26, was found shot to death lying on the ground near Gallows Bay Hardware, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Eyewitnesses told the Virgin Islands Free Press that the shooter wore a mask and killed Shillingford outside GBH’s garden center at the south end of the parking lot.

Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr. told the V.I. Free Press that Shillingford “had no affiliation” with Gallows Bay Hardware.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a shooting in Gallows Bay at 11:51 a.m. today at Gallows Bay Hardware store. 

Police and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) found “an unresponsive black male individual lying on the ground in the area of Gallows Bay, vicinity of the Gallows Bay Hardware Store.”

“Medical attendants were unable to resuscitate the victim,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

A preliminary investigation revealed that this incident was “a targeted shooting; the victim was approached by more than one unknown individuals discharging multiple shots directly at  the victim and fled the area,” Dratte said.

Police detectives are following up on leads to track down the suspect, according to the VIPD.

The deceased 26-year-old Eustace Shillingford was identified by next of kin.

Police said the Criminal Investigation Bureau is actively investigating this morning’s shooting death.

And the CIB is asking anyone with information to please call them at (340) 778-2211 Crime Stoppers USVI 1-800-222-8477 or 911.

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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.


  1. thelma sterling
    December 9, 2018 at 6:42 PM — Reply

    Do we need a change of government? Do we need a change of laws or stiffer penalties? No. We need a change of heart. Until humans start respecting human lives and have a fear of God, nothing will be better. What we are seeing here is a tip of whats to come according to what God said.
    Remember: the day when we put God out of our lives was that day trouble started. IF WE FORGET GOD SATAN WILL RULE, IF WE FORGET GOD OUR NATION IS DOOMED

  2. afterwhilecrocodile
    December 13, 2018 at 1:48 PM — Reply

    It sure is that’s why 54 earthquakes occurred in a 24 hour period recently…….

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