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Middle-Aged Man Found Shot To Death Near St. Joseph’s High School

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FREDERIKSTED – A middle-aged black man was shot and killed near a parochial school early this morning, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police at 5:51 a.m. today to Estate Prince’s Quarter in a Mt. Pleasant West subdivision below the St. Joseph’s Catholic High School with a report of a man down, the VIPD said.

The concerned citizen who made the report to the Call Center also indicated that moments before the body was discovered, several shots were fired in the area, according to police.

Police and an ambulance were dispatched to the area, where a middle-aged black man was discovered lying along the roadside just off of the Queen Mary Highway (Centerline Road) with gunshot wounds to his body, police said. The man appeared to be lifeless. The EMTs examined him and found no vital signs.

The victim’s identity has not been released until notification of next of kin can be made, according to police.
Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to phone 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


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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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