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Two Men Survive Gun Attack On The Waterfront In Downtown St. Thomas


CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two men survived an ambush at Paul M. Pearson Gardens on the waterfront in St. Thomas today, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at approximately 3:50 a.m., two male gunshot victims arrived at the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center Emergency Room.

Upon officer’s arrival to the hospital, contact was made with two victims that stated they were in the area of Paul M. Pearson Gardens, when they heard shots being fired and began to run.

Both victims explained that they did not see who fired the shots or where they came from. One victim sustained a gunshot graze to the back of his head, while the other victim sustained a gunshot wound to his left buttocks.  They were both treated by the Emergency Room Doctors for their injuries and later released. The scene was processed by the Forensics Unit where five shell casings were recovered in the roadway.

The case is currently under active investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 ext. 5579 and 5557. They can also contact 911, Crime Stoppers V.I., the Chief’s office at (340) 715-5548 or the Commissioner’s office at (340) 715-5506.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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