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8 gun-related deaths in 2017 for STT following Home Depot shooting

The number of gunshot-related deaths in St Thomas, USVI has risen to eight following a fatal shooting near the Home Depot last evening, February 12, 2017. Photo: Internet Source/File

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - A man was shot dead here near Home Depot in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI) on Sunday night, February 12, 2017 [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Media Specialist Sakeeda Freeman announced this morning, February 13, 2017.

The homicide brings the number of gunshot-related deaths in St Thomas to eight, according to St Thomas District Police Chief Jason Marsh.

Ms Freeman said the 911 emergency call center received notification at approximately 9:30 PM from a resident, who said that he’d heard shots fired near Home Depot, and that a male victim was on the ground.

Upon officers’ arrival to the scene — a grassy area adjacent to the roadway leading to Home Depot — an unresponsive, black male was lying face down with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to his upper body. Emergency medical technicians arrived to the scene and pronounced the victim dead, according to Ms Freeman.

He was later identified by next of kin as 48-year-old Don A. Richards of Anna’s Retreat. The VIPD said it had no suspects as of Monday morning.

Chief Marsh extended his deepest condolences to the family of Mr Richards.

“This is our eighth homicide involving gun violence on St Thomas,” Chief Marsh said. “I plead with those who have information to please contact the police department. These acts of senseless crimes cannot continue and we need every bit of information you can provide to assist in putting away these criminals.”

Police are asking anyone with information that may lead to anyone involved in this incident to contact Crime Stoppers USVI, where you tip may lead to a substantial payout. Or call the Major Crime Unit at (340)715-5542 or (340)774-2211 ext. 5569 or 5554.

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