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21-Year-Old Atlanta Man Shot Near Elementary School In St. Thomas

Hospital Ground

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The shooting of a 21-year-old Atlanta man came to the attention of police after he sought treatment for his gunshot wounds at the St. Thomas hospital late Monday night.

Police were dispatched to the Schneider Regional Medical Center about 11 p.m. on Monday after the 911 Emergency Call Center reported that Raheem Luzunaris was being treated for gunshot wounds.

Luzunaris, a Georgia man who resides in Estate Tutu, received multiple gunshot wounds to the upper chest area. He was immediately taken into surgery and was unable to provide police with a statement.

Police with the Forensic Unit and Criminal Investigations Bureau responded to the hospital and later located the crime scene just south of the J. Antonio Jarvis School in downtown Charlotte Amalie.

This incident is currently under active investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Anyone having information about this crime may notify 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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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 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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