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VIPD: Two St. Croix Men Have Been Arrested In Connection With The Shooting Death of Dean Schneider Near The Watergut Shanty On Sunday

ARRESTED AS ‘PERSONS OF INTEREST:’ Andre P. Auguste (left) and K’Shuan Hughes (right).

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man was shot to death near the Watergut Shanty in downtown and police said they were successful in capturing two men who are “persons of interest” in the shooting seen fleeing the scene in a gray SUV on Sunday afternoon.

On Sunday June 4, 2017 at about 2:40 p.m., a concerned citizen called 911 Emergency Call Center in reference to discharging of shots in the area of Watergut Shanty in downtown Christiansted.

Upon arrival officers discovered an unresponsive Hispanic male with what appeared to be as gunshot wound to the upper body. The individual was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital where 23- year-old Dean Schneider succumbed to the injury he sustained from the gunshot wound.

VIPD placed an all-points bulletin based on information gathered at the scene. A gray SUV heavily tinted fitting the description of the fleeing vehicle; police stopped the vehicle fitting the description and ordered the vehicle operator and passenger out of vehicle. The vehicle was searched and officers discovered items of that could be used against the accused in court including weapons.

Andre Auguste- 27-year-old of, Frederiksted, St. Croix was arrested and charged with Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm,

Unauthorized possession of ammunition.

K’Shuan Hughes- 20 years old, Christiansted, St. Croix was arrested and charged with Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm

Unauthorized possession of ammunition

Possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute

Bail for each man was set at $25,000 as per chart. Unable to post bail, Auguste and Hughes were remanded to the Golden Grove Detention Center pending advice of rights hearing.

St. Croix Police Chief Winsbut McFarlande said it was a collective police team effort to capture those responsible for the shooting of Schneider.

To hear how police characterized the arrests of the two St. Croix men in an official press release read by VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte press play below:

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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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