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Shooting In Smith Bay Leaves 3 Men Injured; Police In Tactical Gear Respond

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police are investigating a shooting in Smith Bay that left three men injured on Saturday evening, police and social media said.

The shooting took place about 6:00 p.m. Saturday, according to a post in a Facebook group about St. Thomas.

“What’s happening in Smith Bay? the person asked in the Facebook group “What’s Actually Going On St. Thomas. “Cops everywhere. Looked like full tactical gear.”

Meanwhile, the Virgin Islands Police Department issued a statement at 4:21 a.m. today on Twitter.

“On Saturday, October 10, 2020, three individuals were injured by gunfire and were transported to Schneider Regional Medical Center tor medical attention, the VIPD said in a tweet. “The men are all in stable condition at this time. “

Police posted a picture of St. Thomas Police Chief Steven Phillip with the tweet.

Please call Crimestoppers USVI anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 if you have any information about Saturday’s shooting incident.

There have been at least 41 homicides in the territory to date.

“It is going to take more than marches to change the narrative on the violent crime waves affecting the USVI,” Jorge Estemac said. “The decision makers are to decide whether the problem is serious enough to warrant invitation for assistance from the federal government as was done after the Fountain Valley massacre on St. Croix and the violent crime wave that follows. Who remember how it was brought under control? With the collaboration with the feds. it was brought under control. Now the time is different but the need is just as urgent to seek outside assistance, the local law enforcement agencies seems to be overwhelmed, they cannot get an handle on the crime problem.”

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