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28-Year-Old Kaleem Stephens Shot Near Tutu Hi Rise VIPD Says

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A 28-year-old St. Thomas man was shot near the Tutu Hi Rise, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at approximately 8:25 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the vicinity of Tutu Hi Rise in reference to a shooting victim.

Upon arrival to the scene, officers did not make contact with a victim and were advised that the victim had already been transported to the Schneider Regional Medical Center (SRMC).

Upon arrival at the hospital, contact was made with the victim later identified as 28-year-old Kaleem Stephens, who stated that he was in the area of Tutu Hi Rise when suddenly he heard shots fired towards the wall that he was standing against.

Stephens said that he felt pain to his leg and realized he was wounded. He was then transported to the hospital via private vehicle.

EDITOR’S NOTE:

In 2017, after Hurricane Irma on September 11, Stephens was interviewed by the New York Times.

“It’s survival mode right now,” said Kaleem Stephens, a 30-year-old construction worker on St. Thomas.

He was left without a home and had on the same clothes — a white t-shirt, gray basketball shorts and black basketball shoes — he was wearing when Hurricane Irma hit St. Thomas on September 6.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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