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28-Year-Old Man Gunned Down In Hail of Gunfire At Red Brick

ALLIE BENJAMIN

CHRISTIANSTED – A 28-year-old man walking through a St. Croix housing project was gunned down in a hail of gunfire Monday afternoon, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to the D. Hamilton Jackson Terrace at 5:07 p.m. Monday after receiving reports of gunshots fired and a man down, the VIPD said.

Police arrived on the scene and found a man lying on the ground with a gunshot wound, according to police. EMTs began to treat the man for a gunshot to the body and transported the victim to the Juan F. Luis Hospital Emergency Room, where he died as a result of the injury he sustained.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the man, later identified as Allie Benjamin, was walking through the the housing project when shots rang out, police said. The man began running when he heard the shots but soon fell to the ground.

The police do not have any suspects in the case although a thorough investigation has begun into the fatal shooting.
Anyone with information concerning this homicide is asked to phone 911 or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477 or go to www.crimestoppersusvi.org
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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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