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VIPD: St. Croix Man Shot While Driving Near Wheel Of Fortune Early Weds Evening

FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man reported that someone else tried to kill him while he was driving on the West End early Wednesday evening — but he only sustained cuts from the broken glass shattered in the shooting attempt.

On March 4 at around 5:30 p.m., a man walked into the Wilbur H. Francis Command Police Station to report a shooting about 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The victim indicated that he was driving west from La Grange Road to Wheel Of Fortune when gunshots began to impact his vehicle, according to the VIPD. He stated he did not know who was firing shots at him.

“The victim then realized he was cut from broken glass in the incident, VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “The victim’s vehicle sustained multiple bullet holes on the passenger side as a result of the shooting.”

The victim was transported to Juan Luis Hospital from the police station by ambulance for treatment.

Investigation continues in this matter. If anyone has any information that can assist in the investigation of this case, please call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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