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VIPD Investigates Shooting At Upper John Dunko In St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Virgin Islands Police Department Patrol Officers, Crime Scene Technicians and Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Bureau responded to a 911 call that directed officers to the Schneider Regional Medical Center of a shooting victim in the area of Upper John Dunko on St. Thomas about 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday.

Upon arrival at the hospital officers was told by the victim that while walking home in the Upper John Donkoe area, after visiting a friend, he heard multiple gunshots fired. As a result, he took off running, felt a burning sensation and realized that he was bleeding.

Further inquiry revealed that the victim requested the use of a cellphone from a stranger and called a friend. The friend arrived and drove the victim from the area seeking refuge at the hospital. The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the lower extremities of the body.

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

Anyone having any information about this or any other crime please contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340) 774-2211 or the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9807. You can also contact Crime Stoppers VI at 1(800)222-8477 or 911.

The Virgin Islands Police Department is asking the community to contact police if you saw or heard anything about this incident. You can remain anonymous when reporting.

“Every little detail can help to bring these perpetrators to justice,” VIPD spokesman Karl Caesar said.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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