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Man Shot in the Foot and Shoulder Near St. George Botanical Gardens


FREDERIKSTED – The newly refurbished St. George Village got a “christening” it could do without when a man was shot late Thursday afternoon, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received several reports of gunshots being fired at 5:16 p.m. near the St. George Village Botanical Gardens, the VIPD said.

One police unit of responding officers intercepted a vehicle traveling on West Airport Road headed towards the Melvin H. Evans Highway, transporting an injured man to the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center for treatment of gunshot wounds to the foot and shoulder, according to police.

Meanwhile, an additional unit and forensic team cordoned off and processed the newly-erected area of St. George Village after the initial incident was reported and succeeded in securing possible evidence from the shooting, police said.
The victim of the shooting was unable to provide police with a description of the person who shot him, according to police.
Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Bureau are investigating the shooting.


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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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  1. Carolyn Williams
    September 5, 2015 at 3:05 PM — Reply

    You are doing a good job

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