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Gunmen Shoot At Couple In Parked Car, Then Disable The Car By Ramming It, And Follow On Foot Shooting At Them

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FREDERIKSTED – A St. Croix couple is lucky to be alive after the car they were parked in came under gunfire in Williams Delight after midnight and their assailants continued to pursue them — ramming their car on the highway — and shooting at them after they fled on foot when the collisions forced them to abandon their vehicle.

A 24-year-old female is in stable condition, while her 30-year-old male counterpart – who was in the driver’s seat – is in critical condition, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

According to a preliminary report, the couple was sitting in a car parked in William’s Delight at 12:27 a.m when gunfire suddenly rang out from a vehicle behind them.

When the woman in the passenger seat was struck by a bullet, the man drove off onto the Melvin H. Evans Highway on their way to police headquarters in Mars Hill for assistance.

The people in the vehicle who shot at the couple followed on the highway, continuing to shoot at the couple and using their vehicle to ram it repeatedly from behind, according to police.

The couple’s car eventually became disabled from the ramming collisions near the intersection of the Good Hope intersection, where they fled on foot.

Still, the unidentified suspects continued to chase after the man and continued to fire gunshots at him, striking him multiple times, police said.

The woman ran out onto the roadway and was able to flag down a passing motorist, who contacted the police and an ambulance arrived soon after to pick up the pair.

The couple was taken to the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center for treatment of the wounds they sustained, where the female was last reported to have been in stable condition while her male companion was listed as being in critical condition.

Police investigating the incident and are asking anyone with information about the shootings to call 911 or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477.

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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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