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23-Year-Old Man Shot In Ambush At Candido Guadalupe Terrace

MID-ISLAND, St. Croix – A 23-year-old man was shot repeatedly this afternoon near Candido Guadalupe Terrace but survived the attack, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Police said they responded to an emergency call of a shooting near the shanty at Candido Guadalupe Terrace after 3:05 p.m. today and found the man with gunshot wounds to his right chest and left leg, according to the VIPD.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect in the shooting approached the man on foot from a dirt road that leads to Fredensborg Village when the suspect began shooting at the shanty, according to police. The suspect fled on foot after the shooting.

The shooting victim was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center’s Emergency Room in an ambulance, police said.

Police said a person of interest has been identified, but that detectives continue their investigation into the shooting.

Last weekend, a 25-year-old Estate Castle Burke man was arrested on illegal weapons possession charges at Candido Guadalupe Terrace.

William Libert was arrested at 11:35 p.m. on Saturday July 18 and charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm, police said.

According to the police report, Libert had been in a vehicle parked in the public parking lot of the Candido Guadalupe Terrace in Estate Slob at mid-island when approached by officers.

A bag of marijuana was observed in the front passenger seat, in plain view of the officers, and after a further inspection of the vehicle, a handgun was discovered also, police said.

Bail for Libert was set at $25,000.00 and unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections, pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

The Virgin Islands Housing Authority (VIHA) manages the Candido Guadalupe Terrace in Estate Slob. The VIHA is headed by Executive Director Robert Graham.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

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