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Construction Worker Gunned Down While Fixing Carlton Road This Morning: VIPD

FREDERIKSTED — Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a construction worker while he was working to repair Carlton Road this morning, authorities said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Carlton Road on a report of shots fired and a man down at 10:44 a.m. today, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Victor Burgos, 42, was positively identified by next of kin as the shooting victim, according to the VIPD.

“Officers found an unresponsive male on the roadside with multiple gunshot wounds,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said, adding that “Burgos succumbed to his injuries on the scene.”

Construction Worker Gunned Down While Fixing Carlton Road This Morning: VIPD
The scene on Carlton Road where 42-year-old Victor Burgos was shot and killed this morning.

Burgos was part of a roadside crew working on Carton Road when a silver SUV drove up, and someone in the vehicle fired shots, hitting Burgos, according to Derima. The vehicle then fled the area, traveling south.

A veteran of the Virgin Islands law enforcement community was asked to comment on the murder of Burgos today.

“My experience tells me he does have connections to the criminal world and was caught slipping,” the police expert said. “That’s why these guys cover their entire face when they’re working on the roads.”

“Caught slipping” means “caught by surprise” or “caught sleeping” in the Crucian dialect.

Detectives are asking anyone who saw what happened to contact police by calling 911, the Crime Tip Line at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477. Your tip can be what is needed to bring those responsible to justice.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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