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3 Teen Bystanders Shot Near Frederiksted Market As Warring Gang Factions Battle

FREDERIKSTED — Three teens were hospitalized after two men shot it out in the street near the former Legislature building late last night.

The three teens injured were innocent bystanders positioned near the gun battle as shots rang out in the roadway between the Frederiksted Market and the Lagoon Street Complex about 11:59 p.m. Saturday, according to published reports.

An 18-year-old male was shot in the lower torso and leg; a 19-year-old male was shot in the left leg; and a 19-year-old female sustained a gunshot wound to the left upper thigh, according to the police report.

“These three were not involved” in the incident,” a police spokesman told the V.I. Consortium. “These three were innocent victims.”

Two Frederiksted residents give Police Commissioner Trevor A Velinor their views on how to increase police presence in the Frederiksted Market this afternoon..

On the scene, police recovered shell casings from what was described as a “high-caliber weapon and a handgun,” the spokesman said. None of the weapons were recovered, he said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting near the Frederiksted Market to call 911, the Crime Tip Line at (340) 778-4950 or the paying anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.

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