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VIPD: St. Croix’s Jelani ‘Banana Man’ Pitman Shot Dead At Golden Rock Nail Salon

CHRISTIANSTED — For the third time in six days, a man was shot to death on St. Croix.

Jelani “Banana Man” Pitman, 26, was shot multiple times at St. Croix Nails in the Golden Rock Shopping Center near Domino’s Pizza, Sterling Optical and Pueblo Supermarket about 6:45 p.m. on Thursday.

When police arrived they found Pitman lying on the ground in the doorway of the St. Croix Nails, according to the VIPD.

“The victim appeared to have sustained several gunshot wounds to the body,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

Pitman was taken to the Juan F. Luis Hospital by ambulance “where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 7:29 pm., by medical attendants at the hospital,” Dratte said.

On Tuesday, 45-year-old Richard Christopher was killed in a hail of bullets in Williams Delight. On Saturday night, 33-year-old Brandon Nesbitt was shot to death on Saturday at the El Rincon Bar on Queen Street in Frederiksted.

Pitman’s murder was the 21st killing on St. Croix this year. There have been eight murders so far in 2018 on St. Thomas.

This shooting is under active investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB).

Anyone with information on this shooting or any other , please contact the CIB TIP-LINE At 469 475 3871, CIB at 340-778-2211, Crimestoppers USVI 1-800-222-8477 or 911.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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