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Man Averts Drive-By Shooting By Firing Back At His Attacker

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Police say that a St. Thomas man told them that he was walking near Hospital Ground when he was shot at by someone in a moving vehicle on Wednesday.

Police met with the man at the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center where he was being treated for a single gunshot wound to the upper right side of his body.

The man told police he was on foot in Hospital Ground when a car race towards him and began to open fire. He also said that he was able to return fire, shooting back at the moving vehicle.

After the vehicle drove away the man told police that he began feeling disoriented due to the gunshot wound he sustained.

The man was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Hospital by an unknown vehicle and received medical treatment.

Police did not provide the age of the wounded man or a timeline for the shootings.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-714-9807 ext. 5556, the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477 or go to www.crimestoppersusvi.org

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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