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DOUBLE HOMICIDE: Lake’s Chicken Fry Is Site of Multiple Shootings In St. Thomas: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The site of multiple shootings in the last two years — Lake’s Chicken Fry in Smith Bay — was the scene of a double murder early this morning.

A concerned citizen called 911 and reported shots fired in the Smith Bay area, in the vicinity of Lake’s Chicken Fry restaurant about 2:15 a.m. on July 21, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

Citizens also informed 911 that there were two men lying on the ground motionless, according to the VIPD.

Police arrived in the area of Value Foods convenience store and observed a man who appeared to have suffered at least one gunshot, lying on the steps just outside the business.

A few feet away outside of the Lake’s Chicken Fry restaurant, officers discovered a second male who also appeared to have been a victim of gunshots.  Each man appeared to be unresponsive to police on the scene.

EMT’s arrived on the scene and pronounced each man dead at the scene, police said.

Police said that the names of the male victims are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please contact the VIPD at (340) 774-2211 or Major Crimes Unit (340) 714-5554/5617. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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