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Paul Smith Shot To Death Near Tutu Hi-Rise in Rock City

HAZARDOUS DUTY: Police leave Tutu Hi-Rise Housing Project in St. Thomas.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Thursday, February 16, 2017, at approximately 10:47 p.m. a citizen called the 911 Emergency Call Center and reported that a man had been shot outside of her apartment located in Building 11 of the Tutu Hi-Rise Housing Project.

Upon responding officers’ arrival to Building 11, two gunshot victims were transported to Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center via private vehicle.

One of the victims was identified as 30 year old, Paul Smith of Tutu Hi-Rise housing project, who succumbed to his injuries sustained during the shooting.  The second gunshot victim was treated at the hospital for a gunshot wound to his upper body.

This incident is under investigation by the Major Crimes Unit.

The Tutu Hi-Rise housing project is managed by the Virgin Islands Housing Authority (VIHA).

The VIHA is managed by Executive Director Robert Graham.

Anyone having any information about these crimes please contact the VIPD at (340) 774-2211 or Major Crimes Unit (340) 715-5542, (340) 774-2211 ext. 5569 or 5554.

You can also contact Crimestoppers VI at 1 (800) 222-8477 or 911.

VIHA’s Robert Graham

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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