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Two Men Shot In Estate La Grange Near Paul E. Joseph Stadium Over A Gold Chain


FREDERIKSTED – Three men have been shot in Estate La Grange in the last three days – one of them – Marcus Christian-Hendrickson remains in critical condition in a mainland hospital, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Police were dispatched to the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center at 3:28 p.m. Monday in response to two men with gunshot wounds seeking treatment there, the VIPD said.

The wounded men said that they were near the bushy area, east of the ballpark, as one of the two tended his horse and the other stood by a nearby tree.

A vehicle drove up to a 31-year-old man, who had been tending to his horse, and an argument ensued.

Meanwhile an unidentified male exited the rear of the vehicle brandishing a gun and demanding that a gold chain he was wearing be turned over to him.

The man tending the horse said that as he pushed the gun away with his left hand, he was shot, according to police.

The 27-year-old man by the tree immediately starting running towards his wounded friend, and he too was shot – in the right forearm, police said.

No call for assistance was made to the 911 Emergency Call Center, and the two wounded men drove themselves to the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center for treatment.

Police said detectives are investigating all three shootings.

Anyone with information concerning the shootings is asked to call 911 or 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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