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Drive-By Shooting In Clifton Hill Leaves One Dead, One Injured On Saturday Night

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MID-ISLAND — A 20-year-old St. Croix man was shot to death near the Machuchal housing community on Saturday night, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

On Saturday, July 9, 2016 about 9:49 p.m., police were dispatched by the 911 Emergency Call Center to Clifton Hill in response to a report of gunshots fired.

Police detectives discovered spent casings on the roadway in Estate Clifton Hill were the shots were reported by concerned citizens, the VIPD said.

A preliminary police investigation revealed that a vehicle pulled up in front of a residence near the St. Croix Animal Shelter and opened fire where several individuals were gathered. 

As a result of the shots fired a 16-year old minor and 20 year old man, later identified as Timothy Urgent, were shot.

The minor and Urgent were transported to the Emergency Room via a private vehicle, according to police.

Urgent succumbed to his injuries sustained during the shooting and was pronounced dead at the Juan F. Luis Hospital in Estate Diamond.

The homicide is under active investigation by police.

Police are asking anyone with information concerning this incident to call the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 712-6024, (340) 712-6037, 911 or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477.            

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

1 Comment

  1. Jane Doe
    July 12, 2016 at 9:18 AM — Reply

    Get the news right. This happened in Clifton Hill not Machuchal!

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