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Man injured in shooting incident

February 23rd, 2019 | Tags: police shooting Virgin Islands RVIPF
Police are investigating a shooting Friday Morning, February 22, 2019, that resulted in non-life threatening injuries to one male. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Police are investigating a shooting Friday Morning, February 22, 2019, that resulted in non-life threatening injuries to one male.

A man was in his vehicle around 1:00 am outside an establishment in Little Apple when he was approached by a masked gunman. The victim was assaulted by the gunman resulting in a struggle and then he was shot. The gunman then fled the scene. Nothing was taken in the incident.

The assailant was described as being dressed in all black with a hoodie and a mask covering his face, between 5'11 and 6'2 in height and slim built.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Alwin James points to the continued fight by officers of the Force to seize illegal firearms and to arrest those who carry them.

“Just last week we arrested two more persons, a male and female, on firearm offences after a lengthy investigation. It is a persistent fight to keep firearms off the streets; we could be more successful with the public’s help. We need the eyes and ears of the community to help in identifying persons who carry illegal weapons. This kind of information is critical in protecting the public and reducing violence,” the Deputy noted.

Last week, Shakeem Blackmore of Huntums Ghut and Shundi Niles of Sea Cows Bay were both formally charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. Their charges stem a weapon uncovered during a search of a vehicle last year.

Persons with information that can help Police in identifying those in possession of or carrying firearms are asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Department of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force at 311.

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