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St. Thomas Man Shot In The Arm on Raphune Hill Drives In Wrong Direction For Hospital Towards Friend’s House In Frydenhoj Gold Hill

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man told police that he was sitting in his car talking on his cell phone at the top of Raphune Hill at rush hour when someone suddenly walked by his car on foot and fired two gunshots at him on Monday.

On Monday, May 15, 2017 at approximately 4:56 p.m. the 911 Emergency Call Center received a phone call in regards to a gunshot victim in the Frydenhoj Gold Hill area, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

The 23-year-old man was later transported via ambulance to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center Emergency Room, according to the VIPD. He said there was “no reason” for someone to shoot him.

The man told police that he was not thinking clearly and drove himself to a friend’s house in Frydenhoj about 4.22 miles away in an easterly direction — in the opposite direction of the hospital which was only 1.1 miles to the West of Raphune Hill. The man then called for an ambulance to pick him up from Frydenhoj.

The man sustained a single gunshot wound to the back of his left upper arm and was treated by the Emergency Room doctor for his injury and released.

The case is currently under active investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau, police said.

Anyone with any information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 ext. 5579 or 5556. They can also contact 911, Crime Stoppers V.I., the Chief’s office at (340) 715-5548 or the Commissioner’s office at (340) 715-5506.

GOOGLE MAP: The distance between Raphune Hill and the Schneider Regional Medical Center is about 1.1 miles to the West. The man drove 4.22 miles to the East to Frydenhoj Gold Hill after being shot in the arm — the opposite direction to the hospital — then he called for an ambulance to pick him up.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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