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VIPD: Man Shot By Attacker In ‘Black Mask’ At Kirwan Terrace Treated In Hospital

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Virgin Islands Police Department patrol officers and members the Criminal Investigation Bureau responded to the 911 Emergency Call Center of a shooting victim at Michael J. Kirwan Terrace on St. Thomas’ west end about 6:28 p.m. on Friday.

When police arrived on the scene the officers discovered that the victim was not on the scene and had traveled by private vehicle to the Schneider Regional Medical Center to seek treatment.

Criminal Investigation Bureau officers and Crime Scene Technicians, along with patrol officers encountered the victim at the hospital facility.

The victim told officers that he drove up the hill from “The Electric World” business to visit a friend in the housing community. Upon arrival at the residence he discovered that his friend was not home. He then parked his vehicle at the residence and proceeded to walk to a second friend’s home in the neighborhood.

During his walk, the victim told officers that he observed an individual approaching from behind. The suspect was wearing a black mask and a black shirt according to the victim. He heard a loud noise and began to run as a result of the startling noise. He later discovered that he was shot in the leg. The victim was able to contact a friend via cell phone. Upon the friend’s arrival to the scene the victim was driven to the hospital in the victim’s private vehicle.

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

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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