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Two Arrested In Marley Housing Project Shooting On St. Croix

       ARRESTED: Kherique Lewis

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FREDERIKSTED — On February 9, 2017, at about 11:28a.m., officers were dispatched by the 911 call Center to a discharging of shots in the Marley Housing Homes on the West End of St. Croix.

Upon arrival officers made contact with a female individual who stated that she was outside of her home with her boyfriend and children who were riding their bikes, when three individuals in a blue vehicle rolled down the passenger side window and started shooting at them.

She then dropped to the ground, grabbed the children and ran into the apartment. The vehicle continued shooting and then fled the area; no one injured.

Patrol units searched the area and located the vehicle. Upon processing the vehicle, evidence revealed that the two individuals in the car were involved in the Marley Housing shooting.

On February 9, 2017 at approximately 11:39p.m., 24 years old Okimo J. Heywood and 24 years old Kherique E. Lewis, were both arrested and charged with Assault 3rd, Reckless Endangerment First Degree, Discharging and aiming a firearm. Heywood and Lewis were remanded to the Bureau of Corrections Detention Center pending advice of rights hearing.

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact CIB at (340) 778-2211 you can also remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477 or dial 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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