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2017 OUT WITH A BANG! Murder-Shooting Spree In St. Thomas Continues Into The New Year For Gov.’s Mapp-Richards-Potter

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — On Sunday January 1, 2017 about 12:12 a.m. a citizen called the 911 Emergency Call Center and reported shoots fired in the area of Bovoni and a possible gunshot victim.

Upon arrival of the Homicide Task Force, Tahein Thomas was on his way to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital and Medical Center being transported by a concerned citizen.

Thomas had sustained one single gunshot wound to his head, according to police.

On Sunday (today) about 8:55 a.m. Thomas succumbed to his injuries, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

The VIPD transmitted the information about the first murder of the year to the Virgin Islands Free Press at 2:37 p.m. today.   

St. Thomas was the murder capital of the territory in 2015 and 2016 and is out to an early start for a three-peat.

The case is currently under investigation by the Homicide Task Force, police said.

Anyone with information about this crime or any other is asked to contact the Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 ext. 5569 or (340) 714-9830. All calls are kept in the strictest confidence.

They can also contact 911, Crime Stoppers V.I. at 1-800-222-TIPS, the Chief’s office at (340) 715-5548 or the Commissioner’s office at (340) 715-5506.

“DON’T WAKE ME IF I AM SLEEPING, DAMMIT!” Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr. of St. Croix.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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