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Shots Fired Calls From The Public Lead To Guns Confiscated, But No Arrests

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The public has been diligently calling the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) when they hear shots fired in their neighborhood.

On St. Thomas, the reports have led to guns being taken off of the streets, but curiously, no arrests.

On Friday June 24, at about 10:02 a.m. concerned citizens reported that shots had been fired near Nadir, the VIPD said.

When police responded to the scene they were able to recover a sawed-off shotgun, a Glock handgun with several extended magazines, ammunition and drugs.

In less than 16 hours on June 25, about 4:33 a.m.  police responded to shots fired in the Oswald Harris Court area and observed an individual leaving the area and dropping a folding chair bag.

Police made an inspection and recovered an AK-47 with two magazines.

The person who had the guns was unable to be located by police after officers confiscated the weapons, according to the VIPD.

Acting St. Thomas police chief Jason Marsh thanked the community for calling in the tips, but gave no explanation as to why no arrests had resulted from the gun seizures.

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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

1 Comment

  1. Deez nut
    June 28, 2016 at 9:14 AM — Reply

    No arrest because its probably a family member of the corrupt cops in that island

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