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VIPD: One Man Shot, Two Men Robbed At Morena’s Bar in Water Gut Near The Bus Shanty


CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man told police that he was sitting outside of a Water Gut bar when he was hit by gunfire near the bus shanty after midnight today.

On February 27, 2017 at approximately 12:22 a.m., 911 Emergency Call Center reported a gunshot victim in the Water gut area by the Shanty, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

When police arrived on the scene they found a man sitting on a chair just outside Morena’s Bar who appeared to have gunshot wound to the upper body, the VIPD said.

Eyewitnesses on the scene said that as they were waiting for their friend, they heard some gunshots, then a Hispanic man approached them demanding money.  The men gave the Spanish man an undetermined amount of money.

The man wounded in the chest was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital by ambulance for treatment.

Multiple shootings and assaults have happened in and around Morena’s Bar since 2013, according to police and court records.

The VIPD is asking for your help to make more arrests and take dangerous criminals off of the streets.

Please call the Criminal Investigations Bureau with your confidential tip at (340) 778-2211 on STX  (340) 774-2211 STT  Crimestoppers VI at 1-800 222 TIPS or 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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