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BANK ROBBERY IN ST. THOMAS? VIPD Won’t Say, But They Say ‘Shots Fired’ Near Scotiabank Today

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A man is in the hospital in St. Thomas tonight after shots were fired near a Scotiabank branch near Frenchtown just after the bank opened, authorities said.

Police were dispatched to Altona and Welgunst, vicinity of Scotiabank of shots being discharged, about 9:01 a.m. today, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“One male individual was shot and was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital and remains in stable condition at this time,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

This incident is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the VIPD’s Criminal Investigation Bureau.

The VIPD says that this incident, as hundreds of others are, is under “active” investigation. 

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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