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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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