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Man Shot Multiple Times Near Lima Grocery Store Survives Shooting

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A 27-year-old St. Thomas man survived being shot multiple times near a Hospital Ground grocery store on Friday night, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

On Friday, May 27, 2016 about 7:52 p.m. police were dispatched by the 911 Emergency Call Center to a report of shots fired in the area of the Lima Grocery Store, located in Hospital Ground. 

Upon arrival to the scene, officers made contact with the victim who was later identified as Asymo Phipps of Hospital Ground. Phipps stated that he was standing in the area of the Lima Grocery Store, when he heard shots fired and immediately dropped to the ground. He continued by stating that he was unable to see who fired the shots or who shot him. 

Asymo Phipps sustained gunshot wounds to his arm, thigh, and hip area during this incident. The Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene transported him to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center where was taken into surgery. Forensic detectives processed and took photos of the crime scene, as well as the injuries Phipps sustained during this incident. 

This case is currently still under active investigation by Criminal Investigation Bureau. 

Anyone having information regarding this matter may contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, at extensions 5611. 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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