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Man Shot Twice In Drive-By Shooting Near Mango Tree Bar In Smith Bay: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man was hospitalized after being shot twice in a drive-by shooting in Smith Bay on Monday night, authorities said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Smith Bay in the vicinity of the Mango Tree Bar in reference to shots being fired about 8:35 p.m. Monday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Shortly after that, officers were notified that there was a gunshot victim at the Schneider Regional Medical Center, according to the VIPD.

“The victim reported that he was driving westward in the area when someone in a silver vehicle traveling in the opposite direction fired shots at him,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “He said he continued driving until his vehicle stopped in the vicinity of Lake’s Chicken Fry.”

The victim went on to state that an unknown individual transported him via private vehicle to the hospital, police said.

He sustained two gunshot wounds in the incident and was in stable condition, according to police.

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

Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5579 or the paying anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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