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Gunshots Heard Near Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion; Man Appears In Hospital Shot Soon After

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FREDERIKSTED – Police said a report of gunshots fired near a West End housing community was received Wednesday night on St. Croix.

The 911 Emergency Call Center was notified at 8:03 p.m. December 9 that gunshots had been fired near the Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion.

Responding officers arrived at the scene and discovered a parked vehicle that sustained a bullet hole, shattered glass and several shell casings, police said. But no witnesses or victims were located.

The 911 Emergency Call Center, later received notification from the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center of a man seeking treatment for a gunshot wound, who had been transported to the medical facility by a private vehicle.

Police detectives continue their investigation into the shooting.

Anyone with information concerning this incident may phone 911 or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477 or go to

The Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion is managed by the Virgin Islands Housing Authority (VIHA). The VIHA is run by executive director Robert Graham.

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VIHA’s Robert Graham

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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