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30-Year-Old Man Gunned Down Near V.I. Legislature In Frederiksted

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FREDERIKSTED – A 30-year-old St. Croix man was gunned down two streets away from the waterfront area Tuesday night, according to police.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of gunfire being discharged near the H&R Grocery Store on Queen Street at 7:39 p.m. on Tuesday, police said. A second call was put in to 911 three minutes later saying that someone had been shot.

Police arrived on the scene of the shooting and discovered that the wounded man had been taken to the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center’s Emergency Room by private vehicle.

When police arrived at the hospital, they were told they would not be able to speak with the man – later identified as Juan “Haji” Encarnacion – because he was unconscious and being attended to by medical personnel.

Encarnacion of Estate White Lady sustained a gunshot wound and subsequently succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, police said.

He was shot near the Lagoon Street Housing Complex which is adjacent to the V.I. Legislature in Frederiksted.

In June 2009, Encarnacion was charged with simple possession of marijuana, according to police records.

The murder is under active investigation by police.

Anyone with information concerning the shooting death is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 712-6024, (340) 712-6037, 911 or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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