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VIPD: St. Thomas Man Riding Bicycle Shot In The Head Early This Morning … Now ‘Unresponsive’

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man on a bicycle downtown was deemed “unresponsive” by medical professionals after being shot in the head early Saturday morning.

Central Dispatch received a call about shots being fired in the area of Banco Popular Altona between the roadways of Veteran’s Drive and Harwood Highway about 1:39 a.m. Saturday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Patrol Units traveled to the scene and confirmed with Central Dispatch that a male was laying close to a bicycle and that he appeared to be unresponsive,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

The victim was transported by to ambulance to the Schneider Regional Medical Center for an evaluation.

“Detectives arrived at the hospital and made contact with the Roy Lester Schneider Medical staff who stated that the unknown victim was unresponsive and had sustained a gunshot wound to the head,” according to Dratte.

This case is currently under active investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211 ext. 5579 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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