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Gunmen Ambush SUV In Hail Of Gunfire Near Oswald Harris Court On Thursday Night

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police said that multiple gunmen ambushed a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) with a hail of gunfire as it approached Oswald Harris Court late on Thursday night.

On May 19 about 11:27 p.m., officers were dispatched by the 911 Emergency Call Center in regards to shots fired in area of Oswald Harris Court Housing Community.

Upon arrival to the scene, contact was made with witnesses who stated that approximately three black males were sitting in the western archway, of Building 20, when roughly three to four unknown males exited an approaching dark colored SUV and began firing shots at the building.

At least two of the units in building 20 sustained damage from the discharging of the weapons.  In addition, items within at least two units were also damaged. Multiple castings were recovered in the roadway and outside the building.

Preliminary investigation revealed that none of the residents were injured as a result of the shots fired. According to the report, there were no reports of gunshot victims at the Schneider Regional Medical Center.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting may contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9807 ext. 5556, the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477 or go to

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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