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Paradise Mills Man ‘Grazed’ By Bullet When Parking His Car: VIPD

FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man was grazed by a bullet while parking his vehicle at Paradise Mills, authorities said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Paradise Mills on a report of discharging of shots about 9:32 a.m. Wednesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Residents of the area reported hearing the sounds of gunshots. Officers traveled to the area and found spent casings in the parking lot. Several vehicles in the parking lot sustained damage from the gunfire.

A short time later, officers contacted a resident of the area who was injured in the incident, according to the VIPD. The victim said he was parking his vehicle when he heard gunshots striking his vehicle.

“The victim was grazed by a bullet but declined medical assistance,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “He also said he did not know why someone would try to shoot him.”

This case is currently under active investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 911, the Crime Tip Line at (340) 778-4950, or the paying anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS (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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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