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Three Men Shot, Two Killed In Early Morning Shooting At Eclipse Lounge (PHOTO UPDATE)

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Three people were shot and two people killed when a St. Thomas nightclub morphed into a shooting gallery in the early morning hours today.

Police responded to the Eclipse Lounge in the Vitraco Park Mall about 4:44 a.m. Saturday after a report of a shooting incident there.

Eyewitnesses told police that the two people who eventually died from being shot were involved in a fight with some other people at the Eclipse Lounge.

According to a preliminary investigation, at least two guns were fired during the fight and the first person shot fell to the ground. The wounded man was then transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Hospital via ambulance where he later succumbed to his injuries during surgery.

The second person shot had allegedly started firing random shots towards the night club shortly after the first shooting. The security guard on duty returned fire and struck the second shooter who later succumbed to his injuries on the scene.

A man standing near the front of the nightclub when the second shooter began firing random shots at it was also contacted by police at the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital. The surviving bystander said when he realized he was shot he went to the hospital in a private vehicle.

Police said the identities of the two dead men are being withheld until their next of kin can be notified.

Meanwhile, friends of the man who was shot standing outside the nightclub have identified him as “Bobby” and established a “Go Fund Me” page for people to contribute to his medical care costs.

The page says that “Bobby” was hit by one “stray” bullet and underwest emergency surgery. It said on Jan. 12, 2016 that $390 had been raised for him.

The two killings represent the first two murders of 2016 in the Virgin Islands. There were 40 murders in the territory in 2015.

Anyone having information about this incident should contact Major Crimes at 340-714-9823 ext. 5617, Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-714-9807 ext. 5556, Crime Stoppers or the Chief’s Office at 340-774-2211.

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“Bobby” who was shot at the Eclipse Lounge on Saturday morning.

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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 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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