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35-Year-Old Man Hit In Drive-By Shooting While Walking His Dog Near Bakery

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CHRISTIANSTED – A 35-year-old man told police that he was out walking his dog in the wee hours of the morning when someone drove up to him and shot him for no reason.

The wounded man said he hid in the bushes near Thomas Bakery in Estate Castle Coakley for more than seven hours before seeking assistance for a gunshot wound to the leg.

The 911 Emergency Call Center alerted police at 11:29 a.m. today of a report that someone who had been shot was lying in a grassy field in Castle Coakley near the Thomas Bakery.

The wounded man told police on the scene that he was near Thomas Bakery walking his dog about 4 a.m. today when someone he didn’t know drove up to him in a gray Toyota Corolla, asked him what he was doing in the area and then suddenly shot him in the leg.

According to the man, the unknown shooter then left the area and the victim hid in the bushes until morning, when he finally asked a passerby to get help for him.

The man was transported via ambulance to the Juan F. Luis Hospital Emergency Room for treatment.

Police said that detectives are investigating the shooting.

Anyone with information concerning the incident should call 911 or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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