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2 Men Arrested, 1 Male Minor Held In Shooting of 2 Women In Estate Paradise Friday

FREDERIKSTED — Two men have been arrested and a male minor has been detained in connection to a shooting of two women in Estate Paradise on Friday afternoon, authorities said.

Jiovani Smith, 20, of Mount Pleasant and Calijah Brewley, 19, of Marley Homes were arrested Friday and charged with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, carrying a firearm openly or concealed, possession of ammunition, and discharging or aiming a firearm, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

VIPD mugshot of Calijah Brewley, 19, of Marley Homes, St. Croix.

“Smith and Brewley were identified as two of the individuals who shot two females earlier that day in Estate Paradise, in the vicinity of the Evelyn Williams Elementary School,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “A 17-year-old male minor, identified as the third suspect, was also detained in this matter.”

Bail for Smith and Brewley was set at $75,000 each. Unable to post bail, each man was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections (BOC) pending individual advice-of-fights hearings.

VIPD mugshot of Jiovani Smith, 20, of Mount Pleasant-East, St. Croix.

Smith was arrested by police October 11, 2019 and charged with illegal gun and drugs possession.

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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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