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Man Shoots Flowerpot Outside Pizzeria To Distract Armed Robbers Inside

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CHRISTIANSTED – There was a shootout between a man sitting in his vehicle outside a pizzeria and two men inside attempting to rob it at gunpoint, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

The 911 Emergency Call Center notified police at 9:53 p.m. Friday of an attempted armed robbery at Napoleon’s Pizza Restaurant located in Peter’s Rest, the VIPD said.

When police arrived at the pizzeria – which is near the United Shopping Plaza on St. Croix – they spoke to a man who said that he had been sitting inside his vehicle with his wife they they noticed two armed me dressed all in black enter Napoleon’s Restaurant.

According to man, he pulled out his personal firearm and discharged a gun shot into a flowerpot to distract the suspects as they were inside the restaurant, police said.

One of the two men inside then came out of the restaurant and fired at the man in his car, who returned fire as the suspect fell to the ground, according to police. The armed robber then stood up and fled from the scene of the shooting in a southern direction.
The man said that the second armed robber then fired twice at him from inside the pizzeria through the plate glass window, and then ran out the door and fled in the same direction as the first man did, police said.

No one was injured during the exchange of gunfire during the armed robbery and the matter is under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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