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WANTED ALLEGED SHOOTER: ‘Sometimes I Pass This Area: But Like A Ninja … I Appear … Handle My Business … Then Disappear’

STARK POSE: Nathaniel “Ninja” Hazell poses in front of Market Square in Frederiksted, the site of multiple fatal shootings on St. Croix. Hazell wrote on Facebook that he thought that the area was “cursed” because of all the blood that has been shed there. (PHOTOS COURTESY: Facebook)

FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man wanted for questioning in connection with a shooting that took place early Sunday evening near Whim ballpark surrendered himself to authorities less than two hours after police put out a wanted poster on him.

Nathaniel “Ninja” Hazell, 36, of Estate Whim, who is known to frequent the Lost Dog Pub in Frederiksted that is heavily guarded by off-duty Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) officers, gave himself up to police at 10:45 p.m. on Sunday.

Hazell was arrested at a location not disclosed by police and charged with first-degree assault, unauthorized possession of a firearm and other gun related charges, according to the VIPD.

“I strongly believe that the area [Market Square in Frederiksted] in which I took this picture is cursed,” Hazell wrote on Facebook. “For a start, it has a cross section. At such sections, some people have practiced secret arts. Then, look at all the blood that has been sheded [sic] there. Sometimes, I pass at this area. But like a ninja, I appear, handle my business, then disappear.”

The VIPD put out the wanted poster on Hazell, who spells his name with two “l’s” rather than one on social media, at 9:04 p.m. on Sunday night.

Although Hazell was in police custody by 10:45 p.m., police did not release that information to the public until 4:04 p.m. on Monday.

On Facebook, Hazell says that he is a “servent [sic] at God.” The photo that police used Sunday night when they put out an All Points Bulletin (APB) on the wanted man was taken from Facebook.

On Sunday June 25, 2017 at approximately 6:03 p.m., a police sergeant on patrol heard a discharging of gunshots in the vicinity of Whim Ball Park. The officer notified the 911 Emergency Call Center in reference to the shooting.

Upon making an observation of the area the sergeant found a black male individual with multiple gunshot wound about the body.

The unnamed victim was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital by ambulance for treatment.

Police identified the suspect as Hazell of Estate Whim.

Hazell surrendered to the police at 10:45pm on Sunday June 25, 2017.

He was remanded to the Golden Grove Detention Center pending an advice of rights hearing.

Nathaniel “Ninja” Hazell with a friend at the beach in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

Nathaniel “Ninja” Hazell with a friend in front of the Lost Dog Pub in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

Nathaniel “Ninja” Hazell with friends at the Sunny Isle Shopping Center on St. Croix.

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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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