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St. Thomas Man Shot Coming Out Door Of Business Near Frenchtown: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man told police he was shot coming out of a business near Frenchtown just before midnight on Tuesday, authorities said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Rosa’s Bar in Anna’s Fancy after getting a report of a gunshot victim at 11:57 p.m. Tuesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Officers were subsequently notified that the gunshot victim was being taken to the Schneider Regional Medical Center in a private vehicle, according to the VIPD.

“The 38-year-old male victim reported to police that as he was leaving the establishment, he was approached by an unknown Black male, described as slim, six feet in height, with a white t-shirt covering his face, who drew a firearm and shot at him,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

The victim also stated that he drew his own licensed firearm and returned fire at the suspect, according to Derima.

The unnamed victim sustained a gunshot wound to left shoulder, and was listed in stable condition at the hospital, police said.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5579, 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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