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Over 82 shots fired during St Croix shooting; 3 Injured

January 19th, 2020 | Tags: shooting spent shells injured Castle Coakley VIPD
While today's, Sunday, January 19, 2020, shooting did not result in any deaths, so far this year the US Virgin Islands has seen three homicides, with two occurring on St Croix and one on St Thomas. Photo: VIC

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI — A shooting incident in Castle Coakley, St Croix, Us Virgin Islands (USVI) today, January 19, 2020, left three people injured, with gunmen discharging upwards of 82 shots, according to [US] Virgin Islands Police Department [VIPD] shell casing markers on the crime scene.

The incident followed another shooting occurrence in Sion Hill Saturday night, where a woman reported that her car was impacted by gunfire, and a deadly shooting outside the Thomas Bakery in Castle Coakley near Sunny Isle Saturday afternoon, January 18, 2020.

The Consortium saw VIPD detectives on the scene in Castle Coakley combing the area for evidence, while a VIPD photographer documented the scene. It was not clear whether this morning's shooting, which occurred at about 9:30 am, was connected to the shooting outside Thomas Bakery yesterday. Mr Derima said officers were still trying to determine whether there were any links between the two violent crimes.

The three victims — two males and one female, including a minor — were receiving treatment at the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center as of this morning, Mr Derima said. He said the injuries were not life-threatening, however, one of the victims has to be airlifted for further medical attention.

While today's shooting did not result in any deaths, so far this year the territory has seen three homicides, with two occurring on St Croix and one on St Thomas.

Mr Derima said the incident is currently being investigated by the VIPD's Criminal Investigation Bureau.

The VIPD is asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact Crime Stoppers USVI with an anonymous tip here.

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