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St. Croix’s Kelvin ‘Gerbil’ Woodson Gunned Down Inside Harmony Grocery Store … Gunman Eludes Cops

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man was shot dead at the Harmony Grocery Store near the Watergut Shanty when an argument escalated past the point of words late last night.

Police said 59-year-old Kelvin “Gerbil” Woodson died before 10:19 p.m. Wednesday when the first calls came into 911 of a “man down.”

The incident occurred at the Harmony Groceries and Bar West Lane in Christiansted, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Police arrived on the scene found one man with multiple gunshot wounds about the body” lying on the floor inside the store.

“There was an argument inside of Harmony Groceries and Bar West Lane, Christiansted, between the suspect  and  the victim,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said. “The suspect pulled out a gun and shot him numerous times about the body.”

A concerned citizen tried to stop the assailant and was grazed by a bullet, according to Dratte.

Woodson’s dead body was identified by family members, police said.

There have been 11 homicides in the territory in 2019 — eight on St. Croix and three on St. Thomas.

This incident is under active investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Anyone with information about the shooting death is asked to please call the CIB at 340-778-2211, Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477 or 911
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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 40 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.

1 Comment

  1. March 22, 2019 at 2:08 AM — Reply

    St Croix is absolutely beautiful and the hidden beauty! My husband and I first visited St Croux for my Birthday one year ago and we have been back there again since then.
    We always felt safe and at home there! It is sad to hear to that such beautiful treasure being abused and people being killed .
    We love St Croix,
    Government, police, all authorities please step in.

    We are thinking about spending half of our time with our 3 sons there every year

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