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Man shot dead on St Croix

March 6th, 2017 | Tags: Hector Torez shooting St. Croix VIPD
The scene of the shooting on Sunday March 5, 2017 in Estate Profit, St Croix, US Virgin Islands (USVI). Photo: VIC

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI — A man was shot dead just after 8:00 PM on Sunday March 5, 2017 in Estate Profit, St Croix, US Virgin Islands (USVI) an officer on the scene confirmed to The Consortium last night. The incident shocked bystanders as well as family members, some who had arrived following the shooting.

Upon arrival to the scene, a Consortium reporter witnessed family and friends mourning the loss of the victim, identified as Hector Torez, a Hispanic male who resided in the Fredensborg housing community across from the Alfredo Andrews Elementary School in Kingshill, and was said to be in his mid-thirties. One child cried out, “My uncle is gone!” as she ran away from the scene.

The motive of the incident, as of Sunday night, was unknown. And police are asking residents with information that may lead to the arrest of suspected perpetrators to contact the Homicide Task Force at 340-778-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI, here.

The homicide was the second this year for St. Croix, while St. Thomas has seen 10 homicides during the same period. The first incident here occurred during the night of January 31, when two men were shot near Lorraine Village, leaving one dead and the other injured, Police Commissioner Delroy Richards had confirmed to The Consortium the morning after the shooting.

Mr. Richards said that the V.I.P.D.’s ShotSpotter system had detected gunfire in the Lorraine Village area just after 7:00 p.m. that night. In tandem, a concerned resident was on the phone with the 911 emergency call center reporting that people were shot and one man was lying on the ground.

Police units rushed to the scene and discovered a male victim on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds about his body, according to Mr. Richards. That victim had a very low pulse at the time. Police then discovered a second individual who was on the phone with 911, and he, along with the victim lying on the ground, were transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital.

The victim who sustained multiple gunshots about the body died before being transported to the hospital, V.I.P.D. Public Information Officer Glen Dratte confirmed.

He was identified by his mother as McDonald Samuel, 20, with no fixed address, according to Mr. Richards. “The [deceased victim] had quite a number of run-ins with the law before,” the commissioner said.

The second victim was treated for a gunshot injury in the hand and released.

“We know that there could be possible two suspects involved who fled the scene. So we are in fact canvasing the area as part of the investigation,” Mr. Richards said at the time.

6 Responses to “Man shot dead on St Croix”

  • jack (06/03/2017, 20:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    me fraid now to hang out on St. Croix
  • Texas (06/03/2017, 20:21) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was born and raised in St. Croix. I'm embarrassed to read about the crime occurring.
  • Fyah Rasta (06/03/2017, 22:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    nuff good people in St.Croix but the crime needs to stop. stop killing each other and focus on the real enemies out there. time to unit black people. a lot of things are petty but still people make it so big to take a life. you did not give life why take someone's own? blessed love VIRGIN ISLANDS PEOPLE!!!
  • crucian (06/03/2017, 23:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    St Thomas has 10 murders for the year already. St Croix has 2. RIO Pollo. Stop the violence in the VI.
  • BIBLE (14/03/2017, 09:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jesus Christ is the answer for the world today, our enemy is the devil who most of the world worship. Only in Christ peace is found everyone shall stand before him to give an account of their doings both good and evil, WHAT WILL SAY MY FRIENDS ON THAT GREAT DAY.

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