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Gun-related homicides jump to 28 in USVI

-following deadly shooting in St. Thomas on Wednesday
Gun-related homicides jump to 28 following deadly shooting in St. Thomas USVI on Wednesday. Photo: VIC

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas, USVI - The United States Virgin Island's gun-related homicide count jumped to 28 on Wednesday following a deadly shooting in Sugar Estate.

According to Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Public Information Officer, Glen Dratte, officers were dispatched to Sugar Estate at about 6:00 P.M. by 911 following a call from residents reporting that gunshots had been discharged in the area.

Upon officers arrival, they discovered an unresponsive black male individual with gunshot wounds about his body on 6th Street. Medical personnel was on scene and pronounced the victim -21-year-old Jason Augustin Eustache- dead on the scene. He was identified by next of kin, according to Mr. Dratte.

The victim was transported to the hospital by a morgue attendant. The VIPD is actively investigating the incident, according to Mr. Dratte.

Wednesday’s homicide brings the count in shooting deaths in St. Thomas to 18, compared to St. Croix’s 10 for 2017. The number climbs to 34 in total when vehicular homicides - to include the recent Melvin Evans Highway deadly incident -are factored in, according to information provided by VIPD Commissioner Delroy Richards.

The force is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211. You may also contact Crime Stoppers USVI anonymously here.


6 Responses to “Gun-related homicides jump to 28 in USVI”

  • uk officers (27/07/2017, 18:41) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Bvi is not too far
  • white people laughing at we (27/07/2017, 20:41) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    black on black crimes
  • WTF (27/07/2017, 21:55) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    This all the Devil's work...pure gun city down there...I live in Dominica and my people bawling on Rock city crime rate
  • rock city (27/07/2017, 23:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Make no mistake - next they will start rolling back equal rights for all to have a gun
  • Observer (29/07/2017, 09:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I say to link up with various security forces in the region as many are also going island hopping and island shooting.look at the influx of travellers at a particular time and season via all mode of travel. you will be surprised what pop up.may God help us all

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