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Another Shooting At 1st Stop Gas Station Leaves Superior Court Marshal In Intensive Care At St. Thomas Hospital

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Superior Court marshal was seriously injured in an early morning shooting at the 1st Stop Gas Station on Centerline Road in St. Thomas on Tuesday, authorities said.

Junior Clarke sustained a bullet wound to the abdomen in the shooting on Tuesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Clarke underwent emergency surgery at the Schneider Regional Medical Center and remained in the hospital’s intensive care unit Tuesday afternoon, Acting Virgin Islands Police Commissioner Jason Marsh said.

The 911 Central Dispatch received a call about 12:42 a.m. Tuesday that multiple shots had been fired at the 1st Stop Gas Station located across the street from Vitraco Park.

Immediately after 911 Central Dispatch also received a call that two people had been shot and were then taken to the hospital.

When police arrived at the St. Thomas hospital they discovered that one of the victims was an off-duty marshal who was doing security at the gas station.

“The other person who was shot was the suspect in this matter who had been shot in the left foot during the exchange of gun fire,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

At about 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, the suspect 22-year-old Shamari Elmes was placed under arrest and charged with  first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, third-degree assault and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, Dratte said.

Elmes who is still receiving treatment for a gunshot wound and will be advised of his rights today.

At that time, Elmes will be remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections (BOC).

His bail was set by order of the Superior Court at $75,000.00.

Clarke was responding to surgery and expected to make a full recovery, Virgin Islands Administrator of Courts Regina Petersen said.

1st Stop Gas Station’s owner’s declined comment on Tuesday afternoon.

INJURED MARSHAL: Superior Court Marshal Junior Clarke
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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.

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  1. May 11, 2019 at 8:13 AM — Reply

    Mr. Elmes was just trying to get some munchies, and a little cash, to be added to his store credit account. Good job to Mr.Clarke for denying Mr. Elmes any more store credit. Speedy recovery for Mr.Clarke.

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