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Gunshots Fired Near Cottages By The Sea At Dorsch Beach


FREDERIKSTED – Detectives are investigating a report of gunfire near the Cottages by The Sea Resort at Dorsch Beach, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Police were notified of the gunfire by the 911 Emergency Call Center at 7:25 p.m. on Sunday and the Frederiksted Bike Patrol Unit was dispatched to the area of Cottages By The Sea at Dorsch Beach in Frederiksted, the VIPD said.

An off-duty officer first reported the incident. The off-duty officer also requested that a patrol and forensic unit be sent to the scene after finding several spent shell casings in the Dorsch Beach area, according to police.

No description of the suspects was made available, as witnesses were only able to state that they had heard three to four gunshots, and that a light colored-vehicle, possibly a new model SUV and a truck were seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed, headed towards Dorsch Beach, police said.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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