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USAO: St. Croix Felon Indicted On Illegal Gun Charges After November Shooting Incident

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man arrested by police for allegedly firing a gun near a La Grande Princesse nightclub in November has been indicted by the federal government on illegal gun charges, authorities said.

Mario Felix, 29, has been charged with felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition and possession of a firearm within a school zone according to a federal indictment returned on Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Felix will be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Golden Rock on January 27, Shappert said.

According to the indictment, on November 3, 2019, Felix, a convicted felon, possessed a firearm and ammunition and did so while in the vicinity of the Alternative Education School.

The incident allegedly involving Felix occurred at about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday November 3 when residents reported 10 to 12 gunshots fired in La Grande Princesse in the area of Five Corners, on the road between Starlight Lounge Bar & Nightclub and Food Town Supermarket, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The Starlight Lounge Bar & Nightclub in La Grande Princesse.

The case is being investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rhonda Williams-Henry.

An indictment is merely a formal charging document, and it is not in and of itself evidence of guilt, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the U.S. Virgin Islands said.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law,” Shappert said.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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