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3 injured during shootout near popular St Croix beach

Three men were on Sunday afternoon, June 23, 2019, injured during a shootout across the street from Rainbow Beach in Frederiksted, St Croix, US Virgin Islands (USVI). Photo: VIC

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI— Three men were on Sunday afternoon, June 23, 2019, injured during a shootout across the street from Rainbow Beach in Frederiksted, St Croix, US Virgin Islands (USVI), the popular tourist destination that is always dense with beachgoers both local and foreign on Sundays.

According to [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Public Information Officer Glen Dratte, the 911 emergency call center was notified of the shooting about 3:57 pm, and officers were immediately dispatched to the scene.

Mr Dratte said that two individuals, both in their early twenties, started shooting at each other following a verbal altercation. During the shootout, three people were shot, included the two young men and a minor, Mr Dratte said.

Both men were transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital by private vehicle, while the minor was transported by Ambulance, Mr Dratte said.

The incident was not connected to the beach or restaurant, said Rainbow Restaurant owner Jamy Mult, who spoke to The Consortium Sunday evening, June 23, 2019. Mr Mult said the facility always has a strong security presence.

One victim shot multiple times

All three individuals, at time of writing, were receiving treatment at the hospital. According to a police officer, one of the three was shot multiple times about his body and may be in critical condition.

A video being shared on WhatsApp and viewed by The Consortium shows multiple people carrying an injured man from one vehicle to another. Someone in the video could be heard saying to apply pressure to the injured man’s leg. Soon after, the vehicle sped off, leaving the area with the victim.

In another video, gunshots can be heard rattling as a live performance was ongoing. The singer, stunned by the gunshots, ducked for cover. In the same video, people are heard scrambling to get to safety.

The VIPD is asking anyone with information about the incident to send an anonymous message to Crime Stoppers USVI here, or call 340-778-2211.

See link below to video taken during time of shootout. Warning: Strong language

3 Responses to “3 injured during shootout near popular St Croix beach”

  • rock man (24/06/2019, 10:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gun city
  • Killer crips (24/06/2019, 11:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    St croix f*** up for real

  • Nez (24/06/2019, 16:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If people are having private disputes with each other, why would they come to a crowded location to shoot it out, knowing many innocent bystanders could get killed? I hope they get the highest punishment that can be given to them. So sorry for the innocent minor that was shot and hope he will be okay.

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