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Shootout At Cool Out Bar Leaves One Man Injured In Peter’s Rest Friday Night

CHRISTIANSTED — The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched units to a discharging of shots at the Cool Out Bar in Peters Rest about 10:22 p.m. Friday, authorities said.

“Upon officers arrival at the scene they made contact with an Hispanic male who sustained a gunshot wound to the right side of his chest, and a handgun was found on his person,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

The victim was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital in Estate Diamon and remains in serious but stable condition. 

“A second victim was transported to the hospital with gun shot wounds to his hand,” Dratte said. “He was treated and released.”

About 70 spent shell casings were collected from the scene of the crime, one 9mm handgun with “one live chambered  round and one empty magazine was discovered on the scene,” according to the VIPD.

Three vehicles sustained gunshots in the parking lot of the Cool Out Bar.

This incident remains an active police investigation.

THe CIB is asking anyone with information on this shooting to contact the Criminal Investigations Bureau at 340 778 2211, Crime Stoppers USVI at 1800 222 tips or 911.

The “new” Cool Out Bar in daytime at Peter’s Rest.
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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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