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Man Winged In The Leg At Lake’s Chicken Fry In Smith Bay Tuesday Night

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A man hanging out in Smith Bay was shot in the leg Tuesday night by an unknown gunman, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Police met with the wounded man at the Schneider Regional Medical Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday where he sought treatment for a gunshot wound to the right thigh.

According to the man, he was liming near Lake’s Chicken Fry located at #102 Smith Bay, when he heard gunshots fired.

The man said he got up to run away at the sound of the gunfire, but halted when he noticed blood running down his leg.

He was unable to provide police with a description of the suspect who shot him.

This is the second shooting to occur at or near Lake’s Chicken Fry at Coki Beach Road and Smith Bay Road in the last four years.

On Oct. 30, 2011, Officer Kendelth Wharton, while off-duty, shot Claude Auguste at Lakes Chicken Fry and Bar in Smith Bay.

According to the police report, Wharton saw Auguste harassing people and escorted him out of the restaurant.

Auguste allegedly pulled out a box cutter and Wharton fired several shots hit him, striking Auguste in the lower torso.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Bureau are investigating the most recent shooting.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting should call the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-714-9807 ext. 5556, the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477 or 911 or go to

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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