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POLICE: Three Men Injured After Shooting At Aureo Diaz Heights Today (UPDATE!)

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FREDERIKSTED — At least three young men were injured when a shooting took place today in Aureo Diaz Heights in Upper Bethlehem according to official and social media reports.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at roughly 11:50am, the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of gunfire having been discharged in the A secondary call was made to 911 indicating that there was a gunshot victim in a vehicle in the area.

Responding officers discovered three men, ages 18, 36 and 37 who’d sustained various gunshot wounds and were transported by ambulance to the Juan F. Hospital and Medical Center for treatment.

According to the preliminary report, the trio were in a vehicle, traveling from south to north on the Aureo Diaz road. Having driven past the school, a white vehicle that had been traveling behind of them began to discharge shots at them.

The three men stopped their vehicle and ran into the nearby bushes to escape their assailants, who’d gotten out of their vehicle in an attempt to continue shooting at the trio. As the sound of sirens were heard, the assailants got back into their vehicle and drove out of the area.


No individuals were injured in the shooting other than the three men, and their medical condition is unknown at this time. Detectives are continuing their investigation into the incident.

According to police records, 20-year-old Julius Cupid was the last person to be shot to death at Aureo Diaz Heights when he died October 21, 2006.

And on Sept. 7, 1977, 42-year-old Jose Santana of Aureo Diaz Heights was rushed to the hospital after being shot in the abdomen and kidney over a game of dominos.

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