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Shooting At Floatopia Beach Event In Frederiksted Leaves Six Injured, One Seriously

FREDERIKSTED — Police are investigating a shooting that left six people injured at the Floatopia event near Fort Frederik beach last night, authorities said.

The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) and 911 received numerous calls of shots fired at a beach event in Frederiksted about 9:27 p.m. Sunday. 

“All identified victims were transported in the Juan Luis Hospital in private vehicles for treatment,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

The Virgin Islands Police Department has identified six victims who sustained gunshot wounds during the shooting.

Five of the six victims have sustained non- life-threatening injuries, according to the VIPD.

“One of the victims, who sustained a gunshot wound to shoulder will be airlifted to mainland for further medical treatment, Dratte said. 

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

The Criminal Investigation Bureau is asking anyone with information about this incident to call them at 340-778-2211, the paying anonymous tip line Crimestoppers USVI at 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 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.

1 Comment

  1. July 30, 2019 at 8:22 AM — Reply

    Welcome to “GANGSTAS” paradise….
    Where the Laws don’t exist, and those who make them break them…
    Where the POLICE is corrupted , incompetent, and weak….
    Where the justice system maintains the criminals ON the streets…
    Where the Governor is a pretty party boy and knows nothing about government…
    Where the senators are to busy studying each others business and can’t seem to understand their duties…
    Where the people have to defend for them selves against the street thugs, and the corrupted police and the crooks in the government…

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