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Man Says He Was On The Beach When Shot In The Arm; Police Say Shots Were Fired At Marley Homes At The Same Time

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Dorsch Beach in Frederiksted

FREDERIKSTED – A 23-year-old St. Croix man telephoned the 911 Emergency Call Center late Thursday to say that he had been shot, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

The Call Center first received a report of gunshots fired at the Marley Homes and Additions in Estate Two Brothers about 11:11 p.m. Thursday, the VIPD said.

The Call Center was unable to glean any information from the man about the circumstances in which he had been shot when an operator spoke to him, according to police.

The Call Center then received a call from the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center’s Emergency Room, reporting that a man had arrived at the facility by private vehicle, seeking medical treatment for a gunshot wound, police said.

The man told police at the hospital that he had been walking on Dorsch Beach when an unknown person or persons drove by him in a vehicle and shot at him, striking him in the forearm.

The injured man said that he called the 911 Emergency Call Center and subsequently caught a ride to the hospital, police said.

Police said the injured man was not able to give a description of the vehicle or people involved in the shooting.

Anyone with information concerning this incident may phone 911 or the anonymous tip service, CrimeStoppers USVI at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477 or go to

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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