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Police Say Man Was Shot In The Thigh At Campo Rico ‘Turf’ Area


FREDERIKSTED — Sunday, March 13, 2016 at about 11:00 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a possible discharge of gunfire in the vicinity of the Campo Rico “Turf” area.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers observed a male individual bleeding from his upper right thigh sitting in the grass adjacent to a light pole on private residential property.

Officers spoke with the victim who stated that he’d been hanging out on the Campo Rico “Turf” next to the gazebo, when he observed two unknown male individuals dressed in all black with their faces covered firing shots towards him. He continued by stating that he began to flee the area and was shot in the right thigh.

The Emergency Medical Technicians arrived at the scene and immediately transported the victim to the Juan Luis Hospital for medical treatment.

The victim was unable to provide any information regarding the identity of the individuals who shot after him, nor any reason as to why anyone would want to shoot him. Seventeen (17) shell casings were discovered at the scene and this incident is still under active investigation.

Anyone with additional information concerning this incident may phone 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 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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