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Three Men Wounded As 20-40 Shots Ring Out Near Times Square In Christiansted

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CHRISTIANSTED — Three St. Croix men were injured — none fatally — when shots rang out near Times Square in downtown on Thursday night, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

An eyewitness told the Virgin Islands Free Press on Friday morning that he counted at least 20 spent shell casings on the ground past Bentick’s Liquor Store on Company Street. The eyewitness said the shells were from a .22 caliber weapon and a shotgun.

Other reports including the police said that as many as 40 shots might have rang out leaving three men wounded about 9:28 p.m. near Bienvenidos Convenience Store west and south of Times Square.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to the scene where they found an unknown adult male lying on the ground, VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

Police also discovered a second victim who lying on his back who needed medical treatment.

Another patrol unit traveling on Prince Street observed a third unknown male individual walking across the street and stopped the unit and stated he just got shot.

The police patrol unit then placed the victim in a squad car and notified 911 call center that they were traveling to the hospital.

Two other victims were taken by ambulance to the Juan F. Luis Hospital for treatment.

Police are asking anyone who has information regarding this incident or other incidents, to call the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 712-6092, Chief’s Office at (340) 712 6004, Crimestoppers VI or 911.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

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