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Man On Motor Scooter Takes Pot Shots At WAPA Garage While Driving By


MID-ISLAND, St. Croix – A man on a motor scooter took pot shots at the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority garage late Wednesday, before driving off into the night, according to police.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to Estate Glynn at 12:30 a.m. today after receiving a report of gunshots fired near the WAPA garage, the VIPD said.

Police met with the security guard on duty who said someone on a motor scooter drove by the WAPA premises he was guarding about 11:08 p.m. Wednesday and fired gunshots on the property.

The security guard said he took cover and tried to remain hidden as the shots rang out, according to police. The driver of the motor scooter then drove off in an easterly direction, the guard said.

The security guard was unable to provide authorities with a description of the scooter or its operator, but was able to direct officers to two vehicles that had struck by gunfire, police said.
The shooting 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 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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