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Drive-By Shooting Kills One Woman; Injures One Man in Rock City


CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two men and one woman were shot at near a nightclub in downtown St. Thomas early this morning – the woman died immediately at the scene from gunshot wounds she received and one of the two men was injured during the shooting, but survived, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Police were notified by the 911 Emergency Call Center about 4:15 a.m. today that shots had been fired near the Jala Jala Club located on Kronprindsens Gade, the VIPD said.

Police found an unresponsive female of Hispanic descent with numerous gunshot injuries about the body. According to a preliminary police investigation, the woman had been speaking with two male men when a grey Jeep drove up to them and began firing shots in their direction.

The two men ran when they heard the gunshots and the woman was shot where she stood, according to police.

One of the men sustained injuries from the gunfire and was transported to the Schneider Regional Medical Center by ambulance where he was treated for his injuries. His medical condition is not known.
The body of the unidentified female was transported to the morgue pending identification and notification of next of kin.

Anyone with information about this murder should telephone Major Crimes at (340) 714-9823 ext. 5617, Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9807 ext. 5556, Crime Stoppers or the Police Chief’s Office at (340) 774-2211.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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