KINGSHILL — An off-duty officer reported hearing shots fired at Profit Hills Apartments (Harvey Project area) at 8:48 p.m. Monday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.
Upon making a check, officers discovered shell casings and also detected blood at the scene, according to the VIPD..
Hospital security officers at Juan F. Luis Hospital reported a gunshot victim arrived at JFL by private vehicle at 9:00 p.m., police said.
By 9:07 p.m., detectives at the hospital reported another gunshot victim arrived with gunshot injuries in a private vehicle.
Andres “Pankake” Ponce, Jr., 23, of Estate Kingshill, was pronounced dead by a JFL emergency room medical attendant from multiple gunshot wounds to his body, VIPD Communication Director Glen Dratte said, adding that Pontes’ parents were notified as next of kin,
The other male victim was treated for his injuries sustained from the shooting and remains in stable condition, according to Dratte.
Preliminary investigation revealed the shootings took place in two separate locations in the Harvey Project-Machuchal area.
This incident is under active investigation. Anyone with information about this fatal shooting, is asked to please call the CIB at 340-712-6082, the CIB Tip Line at 340-778 4950, 911 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: This update includes the correct spelling of Andres Ponce, Jr.’s name. The V.I. Free Press regrets the error in the original version.)