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31-Year-Old Son Of The Governor’s Chief Policy Advisor Shot While Driving In La Grange (UPDATE)


Marcus Christian Hendrickson

CRITICAL CONDITION: Marcus Christian-Hendrickson

FREDERIKSTED – The 31-year-old  son of Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s chief policy advisor was ambushed with gunfire while driving in Estate La Grange leading to  him crashing his car into a tree.

The 911 Emergency Call Center notified police at 12:08 p.m. Sunday that gunshots had been fired in Estate La Grange.

Police arriving on the scene found a vehicle that crashed into a tree as it was heading north to south towards Concordia Road.

The man, later identified in the media as Marcus Christian-Hendrickson, sustained a gunshot wound and was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center by ambulance.

Christian-Hendrickson is the son of Mapp’s chief economist Simon Jones-Hendrickson and former Asssistant Health Commissioner Dr. Cora Christian. He was listed in critical condition at the hospital.

A preliminary investigation indicated that Christian-Hendrickson was ambushed by another vehicle and shot at by the suspect(s) as he was driving causing him to lose control of his vehicle as it crashed into a tree.

Police searching the scene discovered numerous spent shell casings.

Christian-Hendrickson’s Facebook page says that he is a 2008 biology graduate of Savannah State University.

Anyone with information concerning the shooting is asked to phone 911 or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477 or go to

Marcus with his father and sister

Simon Jones-Hendrickson (left) with his son Marcus and daughter.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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