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UDATE: Kareem A. Durante aka 'Blocker' identified as shooting victim

- female reportedly injured in stampede that followed shooting
Kareem A. Durante aka ‘Blocker’ has been identified as the shooting victim in the incident of last night May 16, 2016 at Long Bay beach, Beef Island. Photo: Team of Reporters
Photo taken earlier in the afternoon at the social event on Long Bay beach, Beef Island on May 16, 2016. According to reports, there were still a number of people on the beach at the time of the shooting. Photo: Provided
Photo taken earlier in the afternoon at the social event on Long Bay beach, Beef Island on May 16, 2016. According to reports, there were still a number of people on the beach at the time of the shooting. Photo: Provided
The incident occurred sometime around 9pm at a social event that was headlined by a popular local band. Photo: Provided
The incident occurred sometime around 9pm at a social event that was headlined by a popular local band. Photo: Provided
According to reports, the shooting incident took place sometime around 9pm at a social event at Long Bay beach on Beef Island. Photo: VINO/File
According to reports, the shooting incident took place sometime around 9pm at a social event at Long Bay beach on Beef Island. Photo: VINO/File
BEEF ISLAND, VI- Our newsroom can confirm that local Kareem A. Durante aka ‘Blocker’ has been identified as the shooting victim in the incident of last night May 16, 2016 at Long Bay beach, Beef Island.

Mr Durante, 28, of Belle Vue on the main Island of Tortola suffered a gunshot to the back, which allegedly exited his body. He is currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Peebles Hospital and is said to be in serious condition.

According to our newsroom’s sources, Mr Durante has suffered damages to the lungs and liver as a result of the gunshot.

The incident occurred sometime around 9pm at a social event that was headlined by a popular local band.

Virgin Islands News Online was also told that another person was injured as persons rushed for cover following the shooting.

“Upon hearing the shots the crowd scattered, causing a girl to fall and got trampled on. She too was taken to hospital but seems to be coming around,” the source said.

Host of the Morning Ride Show on ZROD 103.7 FM, Paul 'Gadiethz' Peart said he was playing music and doing his "usual Digicel promotion" when he heard explosions, however, he didn't take it to mean "anything" at the time.

The radio DJ said he wished a speedy recovery for those injured.

Meanwhile, Police Information Officer Diane Drayton confirmed the shooting incident late last night.

“One male was injured and is being treated at hospital. He remains in stable condition. Police investigations are ongoing,” Drayton said.

We will bring you more details as they become available.

See previous article published May 16, 2016

Man critical following shooting on Long Bay beach, Beef Island

- according to reports, man was shot in back @ a social event

A man has been rushed to Peebles Hospital in critical condition after being shot in the back while at Long Bay beach on Beef Island this evening, May 16, 2016.

According to reports, the shooting incident took place sometime around 9pm at a social event.

Virgin Islands News Online has received the name of the man who was shot but will not disclose it at this time.

Meanwhile, there were no responses to our queries from Police Information Officer, Diane Drayton up to publication time.

63 Responses to “UDATE: Kareem A. Durante aka 'Blocker' identified as shooting victim”

  • herman (16/05/2016, 23:39) Like (21) Dislike (51) Reply
    This is just terrible. Functions at beaches should end at sunset. Not that this wouldnt happen but might be better in the end. Shooter you are one coward sorry individual.
    • True (17/05/2016, 07:12) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ Herman, I agree with you. These little dysfunctional cowards is nothing more than punk A%% P#<
    • tru (17/05/2016, 13:46) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree with you both, but I also think that the governing body for this venue need to better equip the space with the proper lighting etc. since this is a place that is often used for events such as this. you shouldn't have an event that is expected to draw a big and young crowd including the "undesirables" and not have the place properly lit, its secluded and far reach from the main land. something needs to be done.
  • ccc (16/05/2016, 23:47) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    Get well deraunt
  • watching (16/05/2016, 23:50) Like (42) Dislike (5) Reply
    lawd lawd poor my bvi gone to the dogs with crime and government corruption
  • Who To Blame? (17/05/2016, 00:27) Like (46) Dislike (25) Reply
    I blame this whole toxic environment that we find ourselves living under squarely on the governor and NDP doorsteps. They should all be ashamed of what they have turned our country into. Horrible example of Effective Leadership!
    • wtf? (17/05/2016, 06:32) Like (51) Dislike (11) Reply
      Maybe you should blame the people who are pulling the triggers. You know, the people who are shooting other people. They are the guilty ones.
      • Who To Blame? (17/05/2016, 11:23) Like (43) Dislike (7) Reply
        @wtf, who enact Laws and who are responsible for them being enforced? Who is responsible for cultivating and promoting the proper climate, temperament and culture of the Land? Isn't it the (Servant) Leaders of the Land? Who are those? The government is like an organization, who enact the rule and make sure that they are followed? We are simply losing…Think.
        • wtf? (18/05/2016, 06:29) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
          People should be responsible for themselves and not relying on any govt for survival. The community should be strong as a group and promote the proper culture and temperament. We have long gotten away from the "it takes a village to raise a child" mentality and it shows. Blaming the political party in charge is a cop out.
        • Aveeda (18/05/2016, 09:15) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
          "the proper climate,temperament and culture of the land":. In answer to your question,these important ingredients of a society was eroded by the influx of immigrants from places where civility is not known to the culture. You blame the Gov for the erosion and there is some truth because immigration laws are responsible for who come and who stays and becomes woven into the fabric of a society.
          No problem. The Chinese are coming. The Asians are coming and not a minute too soon.
    • Daise (17/05/2016, 06:38) Like (24) Dislike (13) Reply
      Why is government to blame for this? I would really love to understand. Instead of simply saying they are responsible please provide a brief explanation nah buddy.
      • Who To Blame? (17/05/2016, 11:26) Like (27) Dislike (5) Reply
        @Daise, who enact Laws and who are responsible for them being enforced? Who is responsible for cultivating and promoting the proper climate, temperament and culture of the Land? Isn't it the (Servant) Leaders of the Land? Who are those? The government is like an organization, who enact the rule and make sure that they are followed? We are simply losing in this game with this present set…Think.
    • reality (17/05/2016, 07:20) Like (16) Dislike (8) Reply
      The seed was planted 25 years ago, when there was no NDP
      • True Dat (17/05/2016, 08:51) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
        You mean when they got rid of the death penalty and corporal punishment I agree.
      • Come again? (17/05/2016, 11:34) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
        @reality, so where does the buck stops? Is who there now is responsible for changing the dysfunctional direction. Run any company like that, blaming the problems on the last 25 years and let's see what happens?
      • WTF (18/05/2016, 10:21) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        WHAT HAS THIS GOT TO DO WITH NDP?!?!? YOU ARE SHOWING YOURSELF TO BE A COMPLETE FOOL!
    • the rock (17/05/2016, 07:44) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
      i blame all this stupid blogs squarely on your door steps, u idiot!
    • SHUT UP (17/05/2016, 18:10) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      So tell me now the ndp give the person a gun to shoot that man ??!??? Tell me now ......You Stupid or Wah .........Get a life and stop blaming the ndp for stupidness like that.....Shut up Cuz u no making now sense........I sure bet you are not from here that's why u are blaming the ndp tell me ................That's nonsense okay ........... Thanks
      you very much .......
  • Moses law (17/05/2016, 00:27) Like (22) Dislike (4) Reply

    Mark in action. Take them out one by one

  • False (17/05/2016, 00:39) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    It Wasn't A Shot Though...
    • SMH (17/05/2016, 14:11) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
      It wasn't a shot but it entered his back and exited the other end of his body? What was it then? A zika mosquito??
    • iraq (19/05/2016, 09:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @false ARE YOU STUPID OR RETARDED
  • O'God (17/05/2016, 00:54) Like (21) Dislike (6) Reply
    What is going on with our beloved country? Prayer warriors, we need to pray without ceasing at this time. Something is just not right in our Land.
    • Belonger With A Broader Perspective (19/05/2016, 08:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @O'God You're making sense. It's a lot of fools on here but you keep uplifting.
  • too darm dark up there (17/05/2016, 01:02) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    That place need lighting with those tall flood lights like those used on the basketball court or better yet, those that are trailer mounted.
  • wow (17/05/2016, 01:05) Like (2) Dislike (41) Reply
    Some of these bands coming like jamband now man with shootings and fights.
    • @ wow (17/05/2016, 11:00) Like (43) Dislike (1) Reply
      Your level of ignorance is astonishing!!!! "Some of these bands coming like jamband now man with shootings and fights". Its people like you, with your immature thinking that uses popular activities, like dances and jams to seek out people that you may have "beef" with. Not taking into consideration all other individuals who there just having a good time. Stop blaming the bands, and blame the selfish, senseless individuals.
      • old man (17/05/2016, 11:17) Like (46) Dislike (6) Reply
        I bet if they were playing soul music it wont have no violence?
        • I don't think so (17/05/2016, 15:15) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
          @Old Man, are you serious? If it was gospel music there would not have been a problem.
      • truly amazed!!! (17/05/2016, 15:14) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        all you people do is sit down and talk a bunch off bull. do you really think any of the bands/organisers and promoters would go spend god knows how much money to put on these events, and then tell the people they want them to fight or shoot each other Like Really. you all are Pathetic
  • Hmm (17/05/2016, 01:38) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yesterday police was on a ramp shutting down every where by 9, 10 where were they tonight smfh
  • stupid. (17/05/2016, 05:42) Like (42) Dislike (2) Reply
    The law joking with these crazy ass gun men...5 yes. For possession... 5 yrs for having it in a public place
    .10 yes for discharging it a public place....15 yrs for wounding. ...20 yrs for attempted murder....Five charges already total 45 yrs in jail. He will never get the chance to shoot another person..
    • wize up (17/05/2016, 09:01) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ stupid: crime and punishment go hand & hand; BVI have the best prison on earth so after the crime is committed the punishment is very sweet; you can order your own food, have flat screen tv, cell phone and smoke some good high-grade...this territory have laws on the books but law enforcement and punishment is an isuue
      • Flashlight (17/05/2016, 16:18) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        Yep. All of that is true but you have to catch the person(s) first and convict, because if they are not convicted then all those laws are for naught. Sometimes I am happy when I hear that the police have persons in custody assisting with the investigations, then when you look you reading that those persons were released without charge. We have to come forward and tell what we know, the police can't get through by themselves. However, it seems that there is a lot of protecting going on because a lot of the times a lot of us have information but remain silent.
        • True (17/05/2016, 20:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          But people is listening to the damn street code about snitches getting stiches or a buck fifty down the side of their face. People is afraid to say anything.
  • sense (17/05/2016, 06:31) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    We don't need higher gun penalties that's doesn't work to lesser or stop crimes there are other countries giving 10and 15 years for gun charge and guess what there I crime rates are still way higher .what we need to stop having customs and officers helping these young man come in the bvi with there guns .some of them actually wait until there friends are at custom to come in with those guns.
    • wize up (17/05/2016, 08:51) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ sense: the territory needs more costal patrols; ever day you pass road reef the police vessel is always tied up at the dock...the criminal element is now roaming the streets and continue to rule the seas because not enough police patrols: progess of the territory is good but the we are paying is very veey high..
  • ann (17/05/2016, 06:33) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    Get well soon blocker
  • House of Assembly (17/05/2016, 07:08) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why the guns still on the streets????
    • Really (17/05/2016, 22:29) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      What a question! But let me try to answer it.. Because the owners did not turn them in during the amnesty.
  • wize up (17/05/2016, 07:13) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    the security of this territory falls under the governor: some of us busy asking him to investigate this and investigate that: call on the governor along with his new commissioner of police to investigate the root cause of crime in this territory...right now it is simply black on black incidences but when the crimes spills over to the whites then you get more action from the governor and the police.....these days hardly a month goes by without some form for gun crime...most of which are unsolved
  • joke (17/05/2016, 07:38) Like (33) Dislike (4) Reply
    I was there and a few things raised an alarm. I was very uncomfortable with an event being held after dawn and there were no lights. Further more I with this kind of young crown, trouble was eminent, no security, it's a Monday hiloday this should not have gone past 6 pm. BVI has a lot of work to do! I will continue to pay $25 and go to big people party! Myetts was great on Sunday !
  • Poor BVI (17/05/2016, 09:36) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    i WONDER IF OUR PEOPLE DOES REALLY THINK BEFORE THEM PULL THE TRIGGER? WHATEVER WE DO NOW IS ON THE NEWS.. WE DEPENDING ON THE TOURIST TO COME TO OUR BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS.... SOMETHING STUPID LIKE THIS YOU GOING GO ON THE POPULAR BEACH AND DO? THE TOURIST WILL NEVER FEEL COMFORTABLE TO GO THE THE BEACHES MUCHLESS OF VISITING OUR ISLANDS. WE NEED TO PUT DOWN THE GUNS AND PICK UP ON THEM EDUCATION...BECAUSE LIKE THEM AINT HAVE MUCH SENSE. THERE WAS SO MANY KIDS ON THE BEACH...NOW SUPPOSE ONE OF THEM HAD GET SHOOT?? THERE NEEDS TO BE A STRICT LAW FOR GUNS...SERIOULY THERE IAS TOO MUCH KILLING GOING ON IN THIS LITTLE NATION!!!
  • B Real (17/05/2016, 10:33) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    we are now just like st. Thomas
    • The REAL B Real (17/05/2016, 10:51) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply

      You wish but on another note TO SHOOT A MAN IN THE BACK IS A PUNK MOVE SO IT IS A P*$$ WITH GUNS THAT IS THE MOST DANGEROUS OF THEM ALL!

  • Fam (17/05/2016, 10:48) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Vino i knew you would have it first
  • right thru (17/05/2016, 11:20) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    We need the police at those events.
  • Why (17/05/2016, 11:26) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
    Its called karma
  • YES KARMA (17/05/2016, 11:53) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    GOD DON'T SLEEP BOY, KEEP ON AND HE'LL FINISH YOU AFTER THE SUFFERING!
  • Sanny (17/05/2016, 13:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Y take a gun to a beach party that fool
  • Awax (17/05/2016, 14:15) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Shoulda came to da wax boy
  • watching (17/05/2016, 14:32) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Police ??? I dont think that would help . They are two busy looking for cell phone drivers . No one will ever serve time for this crime . I hate to say that but just read the news. People and politicians getting away with almost anything . We best get serious about saving this country . What the next generation will have is up to us. No better time to start ENFORCING the laws than now
  • Help (17/05/2016, 17:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope he makes a full recovery. That said we need to stop the foolishness of wasting money on building stupid, dangerous 3 foot high sidewalks that costs millions of dollars and put this money toward law enforcement. If the crime rate continues no tourists will come and we will be left with nothing as we have polluted our waters and the dump is now polluting the air we breath. Stop crime and good things will follow, the community needs to unite and turn in these gunman, we know who they are. Dont wait until its one of your family members who get slaughtered, do the RIGHT thing an turn them in.
  • Seaglass (17/05/2016, 17:40) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes so the right thing and make him confess of his sins he too is a gun man .it takes a ninja to want to kill a ninja
    • @seaglass (18/05/2016, 13:50) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      is people like you that does get hurt... yall must learn to talk what you KNOW and not what you THINK or FEEL. the boy was innocent he did NOTHING.
  • bojan (17/05/2016, 20:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    walk with your money look for a sweet sexy chick to move on to get your top up and u good to go.She go home had a good time that's it no gun play.
  • Humanity (18/05/2016, 06:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    it was a lovely event so sad it ended like this
  • I Could Tell You! (18/05/2016, 07:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    and this is the B.S some other website posted!

    http://www.virginislandseverything.com/home/man-shot-beach-jam-entertainer-called-false-alarm-jam-continue
  • Hmm (18/05/2016, 08:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bur pop a shot


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