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Man shot dead in USVI store parking lot

-Multiple suspects involved; police say incident was targeted
USVIPD Public Information Officer Glen Dratte, said that around 11:51 am, on Saturday, December 8, 2018, the 911 emergency call centre received notification of a shooting incident that occurred in the vicinity of the hardware store. Photo: VI Consortium
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CHRISTIANSTED, St. Croix - The United States Virgin Islands Police Department (USVIPD), has designated a fatal shooting—that occurred late morning, Saturday, December 8, 2018—in the parking lot of the Gallows Bay Hardware Store, as a targeted assassination-style murder.

This is according to USVIPD Public Information Officer Glen Dratte, who said that around 11:51 am, the 911 emergency call centre received notification of a shooting incident that occurred in the vicinity of the hardware store.

Officers and emergency personnel responded to the scene and found an unresponsive black male, lying on the ground. Emergency medical technicians attempted to resuscitate the victim, but their efforts were unsuccessful.

Targeted shooting

According to Mr Dratte, a USVIPD preliminary investigation revealed that the incident was a targeted shooting, as the victim was approached by multiple individuals who shot him several times.

Police Commissioner Delroy Richards—quoting eyewitnesses—said the incident occurred in the parking lot of the hardware store, and that a number of suspects who were wearing masks left a vehicle, ran up to the individual and shot him multiple times.

The commissioner said the incident was first reported as a robbery, but further information upon the arrival of detectives revealed it to be a targeted homicide. Mr Richards also said that police were following a number of leads.

The deceased was identified by next of kin as Eustace Shillingford, 26.

The incident is currently under active investigation and the homicide brings the territory’s total for 2018 to 43, with 31 incidents in St. Croix and 12 in the St. Thomas-St/John District, according to information provided by the Police Department.

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