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Police Looking For Suspect Who Fired Gunshots During Solberg Assault: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police responded to a report of shots fired and found a man who said he had been assaulted by the gunman in Solberg on Friday night.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Estate Solberg in reference to shots being fired at 10:21 p.m. Friday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Officers made contact with an adult Black male who reported being assaulted by another Black male with dreadlocks during a physical altercation,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

The victim stated after the assault, the suspect fled the area, according to the VIPD.

Gunshots appeared to have been fired during the incident, but no accounts of gunshot injuries have been reported so far, according to Derima.

The victim was transported via ambulance to the Schneider Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries he sustained during the assault.

Detectives are urging anyone who knows what happened to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5610, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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