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Man Who Allegedly Shot U.S. Mainland Recovery Worker Near Yacht Club Arrested

EAST END, St. Croix — A man who allegedly shot a U.S. mainland lineman who was on the job working in Teague Bay on Thursday afternoon has been arrested by police, authorities said.

Gary Simmonds, 47, was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with first-degree assault, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received reports of shots fired near the St. Croix Yacht Club in Teague Bay about 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, according to the VIPD.

A male gunshot victim was transported in a private vehicle to the hospital.  

Simmonds was arrested about 4 p.m. on Friday by members of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

Bail for Simmonds was set at $75,000 as per chart. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing. 

The unidentified lineman who was shot Thursday remains “in serious but stable condition at the Juan F. Luis Hospital,” Dratte said.

The Criminal Investigations Bureau asking for the community’s help with any information as in this matter. 

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

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