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Man Survives Drive-By Shooting Near Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion

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FREDERIKSTED – A 21-year-old man walking out of a Frederiksted housing community early this morning survived being shot by a person driving a car who pulled up alongside him, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

An off-duty police officer called dispatch at 9:44 a.m. today to say that he had just made contact with a person transporting a man with a gunshot wound to the Juan F. Luis Hospital Emergency Room, the VIPD said. The officer escorted that vehicle to the hospital.

Police interviewed the man at the hospital and he told them that as he was walking out of Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion when he saw a black, heavily-tinted vehicle approach him, according to the statement.

The man said that as the vehicle approached him, the driver’s side window came down and a gun was pointed in his direction, police said. Several shots were discharged and the man immediately began to run away from the vehicle. Later, he realized that he had been struck by a bullet.

The man who was shot stopped a passing vehicle and pleaded for a ride to the hospital, according to police. The good samaritan drove him to the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center for treatment. The man who was injured sustained a gunshot wound to his left leg. He was treated and was under observation at the hospital.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 712-6024, St. Croix Chief of Police Arthur Hector Sr. at (340) 712-6005,  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 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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