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21-Year-Old Vershawn Monsanto Shot To Death Near McDonald’s at Wheatley Center

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A 21-year-old St. Thomas man was shot to death near a popular shopping center and fast food restaurant early Sunday morning, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

On Sunday, May 22, 2016 about 2:10 p.m. police responded to shots fired in the vicinity of McDonalds located in Wheatley Center, the VIPD said.

Police responded to a gunshot victim at the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center Emergency Room. Upon arrival, contact was made with 21-year-old Vershawn Monsanto of the Paul M. Pearson Garden housing community.

Preliminary Investigation revealed that Monsanto appeared to have sustained a single gunshot wound to the right side of his chest that exited through his back. Due to the severity of his injuries, Monsanto was unable to explain what occurred during this incident, and immediately rushed into surgery.

The crime scene was later identified and processed by the Forensic Unit. At roughly 4:32p.m. Vershawn Monsanto succumbed to his injuries.

In January of 2014, Monsanto was charged along with another man, Walter Hill III in the armed robbery of a 21-year-old woman. At the time, Monsanto and Hill were each arrested and charged for allegedly stealing a woman’s cell phone, gold earrings and gold necklace.

The case is presently under active investigation by the Homicide Task Force.

Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Task Force at (340) 774-2211 at extensions 5617 and 5554. They can also call 911, Crime stoppers VI, the Commissioner’s Office at (340) 715-5506 and the Chief’s Office at (340) 715-5548.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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