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Shooting In Puerto Rico Gas Station-Bar Leaves Four Dead And Five Wounded


SAN JUAN — Authorities say a shootout outside a gas station bar east of the Puerto Rican capital has left four people dead and five wounded.

Police Superintendent Jose Luis Caldero said authorities were searching for those responsible for the shootings that occurred early Sunday in the community of Corozal, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) east of San Juan.

The motive for the attack was unknown.

Those killed were all men. Four men and a woman were wounded.

A wave of violence in this U.S. commonwealth has left 588 people dead so far this year, more than all the people who were killed in Puerto Rico in 2015.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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