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17-Year-Old Boy Does Drive-By Of Sprat Hall Beach House On A Bicycle


FREDERIKSTED – A 17-year-old boy rode his bike near Sprat Hall this afternoon and discharged a .22 rifle in the direction of a populated area, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received a notification at 2:17 p.m. Thursday that a gun had been discharged near Sprat Hall, the VIPD said.

Police arrived on the scene soon after the report was received and observed a young man riding a bicycle in the area. Officers stopped the young man on the bike and took him to the Newton Substation in Frederiksted.

During an inspection of his backpack, a loaded .22 caliber magazine was discovered inside of it, police said.

The minor stated that he had found the magazine along the beach, so he picked it up.

A K-9 unit was summoned to the scene and was successful in locating a .22 caliber rifle that fit the magazine, according to police.

The male minor told police he shot at the home and car of a person that he claimed owed him money.

An investigation revealed that the rifle in the minor’s possession had been stolen, police said.

The 17-year-old was arrested and charged with grand larceny, possession of an unlicensed firearm and the discharging of gunfire, according to police.

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A .22 caliber rifle

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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