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Police Investigate 2 Shootings @ Candido Guadalupe Terrace Wednesday

FREDERIKSTED – Detectives on St. Croix are investigating two incidents of reckless endangerment that occurred at the same location in Candido Guadalupe Terrace on the same date at different times, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Police were notified by the 911 Emergency Call Center at 2:12 a.m. Wednesday of an alleged break-in in progress at Candido Guadalupe Terrace.

Responding officers arrived at the location, where a resident of Building One informed them that gunshots had been fired into their apartment, police said.

According to the resident, she had just gone to bed after completing her evening vespers at 2:00 a.m. when she heard items breaking in her home and realized it was gunfire.

No one inside the residence was harmed by the gunfire but the apartment’s sliding glass door was shattered and several bullet holes were visible throughout the residence, according to police.

Officers and forensic technicians located several spent shell-casings in the area after it was processed, police said.

At 5:14am, officers received a call of shots having been discharged at the same location, but at a different apartment. The resident stated that she had heard the gunfire earlier that morning; however, none of the bullets had struck her apartment.

The woman told the officers that at 5:08 a.m., she had heard the sound of gunfire again and that this time, the shots had hit a sliding glass door inside and no one within the residence was hurt.

Each woman stated that she had not had any altercations or confrontations within the housing community and were baffled as to who may have fired shots at their respective dwellings.

A concerned citizen, not residing within the housing community did come forward and informed the officers that while walking through the area, when the gunfire began at 5:00 a.m., as he hid to the side of the building in fear being hit; he saw a man carrying a black gun in his left hand, wearing a pair of blue jeans, and a black, long-sleeved hoodie, walking to the footpath that leads to the old village in Estate Bethlehem.

Several spent shell-casings were retrieved again, and detectives with the Criminal Investigation Unit continue to investigate each incident, poluce said.

On July 24, A 23-year-old man was shot repeatedly near Candido Guadalupe Terrace but survived the attack. Police said they responded to an emergency call of a shooting near the shanty at Candido Guadelupe Terrace that afternoon and found the man with gunshot wounds to his right chest and left leg.

The Virgin Islands Housing Authority (VIHA) manages Candido Guadalupe Terrace. The VIHA is run 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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