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St. Croix Man Gunned Down At Queen Bee Grocery In Williams Delight: VIPD

FREDERIKSTED — On October 23, the 911 Emergency Call Center received calls at 7:45 p.m., of shots fired on Queen Mary Highway – Williams Delight; and at 8:06 p.m. of a male gunshot victim transported via private vehicle to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center.

The gunshot victim, identified as 37-year-old Kareem Smith of Salt River, succumbed to his injury.

“Officers learned that a robbery occurred outside the Queen Bee Grocery — Williams Delight where two male victims reported two suspects drove up in a black sedan while pointing a rifle at them,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima The suspects took money from the victims — one left the area in a victim’s vehicle while the other got into a struggle with the victims for the weapon as a shot was discharged. The suspect left the area in the black sedan.”

Detectives are investigating both cases to determine if they are related. Anyone with information on either case can call 911, the Crime Tip Line at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS or online at

All individuals listed as arrested or charged with a crime in this report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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