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Police find body of shooting victim in Estate Bordeaux

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The body of an unidentified Hispanic male was discovered in Estate Bordeaux, St. Thomas after 8 a.m. today, according to police.

Officers discovered the victim after responding to a report from a concerned citizen of a dead body in the area when they discovered the victim who they said had “sustained several gunshot wounds to his body,” the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Police said the unresponsive victim was later officially pronounced dead. The concerned citizen stated that the man had been shot in the same area where he was discovered by police.

It is the territory’s 24th homicide this year – including two vehicular homicides. To date in 2015, there have been 13 homicides on St. Thomas; nine on St. Croix; and two on St. John.

The Criminal Investigation Bureau, K-9 and Forensics conducted an inspection of the surroundings and discovered an unresponsive Hispanic male. The victim had sustained several gunshot wounds to his body and was pronounced dead.

Anyone with information concerning the fatal shooting should contact the Major Crimes Unit at (340) 714-9823 or 911, as detectives continue to investigate the death.

In other crime news, police also said they are investigating two separate shooting incidents early this morning in St. Thomas. The Criminal Investigation Bureau responded to a call at 3:30 a.m. of a man being treated for a gunshot wound at the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital.

Upon arrival to the medical facility, officers met with the 21 year-old victim who stated that on the morning of the 16th at roughly 2:00 a.m., he’d exited Club Camouflage located in the Four Winds Plaza and was walking to his vehicle, police said.

He told the officers that he heard someone call out his name, and as he turned around to walk to the individual, an unknown male fired multiple shots at him, according to police. The victim sustained a gunshot to his lower back and leg.

In the second incident, a 47 year-old male was shot in the vicinity of the Embers Guest House located in Estate Contant, according to police.

Officers responded to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital to the call of an individual being treated for a gunshot wound and met with the victim, police said.

On St. Croix, the most recent arrests have been Terrell E. Johnson, 20, of Queen Street, Christiansted who was arrested on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Johnson was arrested pursuant to an Arrest Warrant that was signed by Judge Brady, for possession of stolen property. Bail for Johnson was set at $10,000.00 and unable to post bail, Johnson was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

On Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 2:28 a.m., 37 year-old Jose Cruz was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Assault-Domestic Violence, in an incident where a woman was strangled in a dispute. Cruz was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Denver Ragguette, of the Watergut Housing Community in Christiansted was arrested and charged with Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 9:45 p.m. in the area of Harborview. Bail for Ragguette was set at $25,000.00 and unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

On Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 12:35 a.m., 25 year-old Kimari Jackson of Estate LaGrande Princesse was arrested and charged with Reckless Endangerment, for the discharge of gunfire in a housing community while engaged in a domestic dispute. Jackson was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.


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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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