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Two Men Injured In Drive-By Shooting Near Concordia Gas Station

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FREDERIKSTED — Saturday, March 12, 2016 at roughly 3:26pm, officers were dispatched by the 911 Emergency Call Center, in a response to a shots fired in the vicinity of the Concordia Gas Station.

Upon arrival to the scene, officers received information that a maroon Mercedes Benitez had been involved in a drive by shooting. Shortly after, additional information revealed that a Toyota Tacoma traveling out of Concordia at a high rate of speed towards the Juan Luis Hospital contained two gunshot victims that needed medical treatment.

Further information indicated that the suspects travelled to the Hugginsburg area, where they abandoned the vehicle and was hiding in the bush area. Officers set up a perimeter while officers of the K-9 unit and Special Operations Bureau conducted a search of the bush area and recovered a high powered riffle.

A police search of the area for the suspects was unsuccessful.



The victims being treated at the Juan Luis Hospital were later identified as 24-year-old Kareem Matias of the Harrigan Court area who sustained gunshot wounds to his right hand and left leg.

The second victim in this incident was identified as 21-year-old Laquan Hill of Hannah’s Rest, who sustained gunshot wounds to his left hand and a graze to his left shoulder. The victims wounds sustained during this incident were non-life threatening. Detectives are continuing their investigation into the matter.

Police are asking anyone with information concerning this incident to phone the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-712-6024 or 340-712-6037, 911 or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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