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UPDATE: 1 suspect in custody in relation to shooting - Police

-reward offered for information leading to prosecution
The cordoned off area in which the shooting occurred last night October 22, 2014. Photo: VINO
Another view of the cordoned off area in Huntum's Ghut. Photo: VINO
Another view of the cordoned off area in Huntum's Ghut. Photo: VINO
Officers of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) are questioning one suspect in relation to last night’s October 22, 2014 shooting which left a 22-year-old male with a wound to his leg. Photo: VINO/File
Officers of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) are questioning one suspect in relation to last night’s October 22, 2014 shooting which left a 22-year-old male with a wound to his leg. Photo: VINO/File
The man shot in Huntum's Ghut last night October 22, 2014 was identified as Chacho Santana. Photo: Facebook
The man shot in Huntum's Ghut last night October 22, 2014 was identified as Chacho Santana. Photo: Facebook
While information continues to be sketchy, this news site’s Team of Reporters has confirmed that moments ago a young male believed to be of Hispanic descent was allegedly shot in the foot and was taken to Peebles Hospital. Photo: VINO/File
While information continues to be sketchy, this news site’s Team of Reporters has confirmed that moments ago a young male believed to be of Hispanic descent was allegedly shot in the foot and was taken to Peebles Hospital. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Officers of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) are questioning one suspect in relation to last night’s October 22, 2014 shooting which left a 22-year-old male with a wound to his leg.

Police in a press release today October 23, 2014 said that the victim, a native of Dominican Republic, stated that he was walking through the parking lot of an apartment building adjacent to the basketball court when he heard gunshots. He then realized that he had been shot, according to the release.

He was later taken to Peebles Hospital where he continues to receive treatment. This news site in an earlier article had reported the shooting victim’s name as Chacho Santana.

Detectives are asking for persons who may have been in the Huntums Ghut area near the basketball court around 9 pm last night to provide any information that could help in identifying a suspicious male dressed in a black shirt. Persons can contact detectives in CID through the RVIPF access number 311.

A reward is being offered for any information which leads to the arrest and prosecution of the offender.

Investigations are continuing.

See previous story published on October 23, 2014:

UPDATE: Hail of gunshots fired in Huntum’s Ghut – Eyewitness

HUNTUM’S GHUT, Tortola, VI – “I hear shots licking and I run for my life cause was shots, shots, lick, lick,” said an eyewitness to the shooting incident in Huntum’s Ghut last night October 22, 2014 which resulted in Mr Chacho Santana sustaining gunshot wounds to one of his legs.

According to the eyewitness he was passing in the vicinity of the basketball court along with some other friends when they heard sudden screams, “gun, gun, run, run.”

He said that it was in split seconds shots started firing and while running he recalled briefly looking back when he saw others running as sparks coming from an object which appeared to have been the gun.

“It was dark…whoever was doing the shooting was on foot and it look like deh jump in a car wah pull up and more shots and drive away,” he said that he didn’t recognize anyone but recalled persons rushing to the scene and there were screams again as they said, “Chacho get hit, deh man dress he up, deh shoot he.”

“It seems like he was a direct target,” said the eyewitness.

He said that he remain a little distance off and notice police arriving on the scene shortly after. “This thing getting out of hand now and the Police need to get tighter, government has to do something to strengthen borders cause these guns coming in free free and the police dem know of operations but deh scared to face dem man, trust me deh Police know what going on,” alleged the eyewitness.

See previous story published on October 22, 2014:

Man shot in Huntum’s Ghut

HUNTUM’S GHUT, Tortola, VI – While information continues to be sketchy, this news site’s Team of Reporters has confirmed that moments ago tonight October 22, 2014 a young male believed to be of Hispanic descent was allegedly shot in the foot.

The incident occurred in Huntum’s Ghut on the main Island of Tortola this evening October 22, 2014.

We were also informed that the victim of the gunshot has been rushed to Peebles Hospital.

Police Public Relations Officer Diane Drayton this evening confirmed that one man has been taken to Peebles Hospital following a shooting incident and Police are continuing their investigations.

Our news room is working to bring more details as the information becomes available.

33 Responses to “UPDATE: 1 suspect in custody in relation to shooting - Police ”

  • eye witness (22/10/2014, 22:16) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    We heard someone yelling ‘gun! gun!’ and we flattened ourselves down on the top of step
    • Relax (22/10/2014, 23:13) Like (7) Dislike (17) Reply
      Everyone calm down. You are all doing what you did last week with Ebola.

  • Pool Has no water (22/10/2014, 22:20) Like (14) Dislike (74) Reply
    I am mystified as to why the NDP and Morris contiune to LIE that crime is down!!!
    • Pool Has no water (22/10/2014, 23:08) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
      hey why'd you steal my name then make a stupid comment? i prefer to have the name "Pool has no water" detached from such nonsense
    • @ Pool Has no water (22/10/2014, 23:09) Like (10) Dislike (28) Reply
      the NDP Keep burying their heads in the sand:

    • leave the politics for a while (22/10/2014, 23:18) Like (35) Dislike (6) Reply
      Why do u think everything that happens in or territory has to involve politics like jezz man .
    • @pool has no water (22/10/2014, 23:38) Like (18) Dislike (11) Reply
      Everything does not always have to do with politics leave politics alone for once nah
      • Village Girl (23/10/2014, 06:20) Like (11) Dislike (26) Reply
        I will agree that it’s not about politics. The fact is the NDP and Davis Morris continue to tell the people of the BVI that crime is down when in fact it’s WAAAAY UP. The BVI has never been under such a crime wave like we have seen from 2012 to current.

        IS that politics? No we the people call that DECEPTION. BAM BAM
        • @village girl (23/10/2014, 06:50) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
          Well if we know as the people that the crime rate is up why listen to them
        • billyb (23/10/2014, 09:44) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
          @Village Girl & Pool Has no water
          If crime is waaaay up, get your a$$ up and do something about it!!!!!!!!! Maybe we will vote for you. People like you always coming on here and no matter what the story, you got NDP itching your rectum to SH*** them out.

          Shut yuh botty H*** and run for politics lets vote for you and see what the a$$ you about. If a woman died of natural child birth at her home without calling the ambulance, we can expect to see your stupid a$$ on here claiming NDP IS THE FATHER.....strupes
    • hhhm (23/10/2014, 08:58) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      For ur information, morris is nt GOD, only GOD would knw dat nt morris.
  • shark (23/10/2014, 00:08) Like (42) Dislike (3) Reply
    Many years ago if security measures were put in place tighter immigration policies some of the undesiribles that we have here in this country would not have made it here to our shores.
  • Sky (23/10/2014, 01:44) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hhhhhmmmm every body just talk sh**** why ppl dnt think on wa he do or what he involve......cause i guess no body coh get shoot by doin ntn.
    • Really?! (23/10/2014, 12:21) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      While he might have been the target, remember the suspect got in the vehicle and proceeded to release more gunshots as they left the scene, those same bullets, or any stray bullets could have killed someone else.
      • Hmm (23/10/2014, 19:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        shoott in the air to make everyone duck for cover while the escpae is made
  • wize up (23/10/2014, 06:31) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    our leaders keeps going to the house of assembly and passing laws relating to fininical services BUT we need tuffer gun laws; gun related crimes are on the rise and our leaders doing nothing...moris and ndp can not stop crime "we" the people know what is going on but says nothing; maybe when one of our children becomes a victim of gun crime then we will speak-up..stop casting the blame and help clean-up "our" little islands..at the end of the day morris simply takes a plane back to the UK, we have to live here; so are you going to just sit back and keep saying morris doing nothing....we all know ndp is a wate of time when i comes to our people(ndp is for the private investors and selling out the bvi to the rich folk...but i have news for them!!!)
    • Real Talk (23/10/2014, 09:01) Like (31) Dislike (14) Reply
      What good are tighter gun LAWS when criminals dont OBEY the law? People get life sentences for murder, has the murdering stopped? Its a failing economy and community, poorly managed by political parties who share the same interests while casting the illusion that they are against each other. People are hungry, underpaid, frustrated, under-educated, lacking family structure, raised by our government programs while mommy n daddy either always at work or they themselves mis-guided and living the life of a child. Who is saving our youth (our Future) from the unconscious music and tell-lie-vision shows that rot their minds and surround their thoughts with sex and violence? I hate that people think by continuously tightening security and increasing laws will fix the problem when it actually makes it worse. Only the law abiding citizens feel the squeeze as their freedom slowly diminishes in front their eyes. Just look at every kid in high school who are now surrounded by guards, fences, scanners and security cameras, no wonder they cant perform in class and are all rebelling, smoking weed and getting in trouble. You want to have that done to our community? No sahh.....
  • Virgin Son (23/10/2014, 06:32) Like (25) Dislike (12) Reply
    too much crime for a lil island of 30 thousand....Time for the UK to take over and set things right.
    • moomoo (23/10/2014, 10:13) Like (7) Dislike (16) Reply
      You sound like a mem moo moo but UK take over. If you understand your history you wouldnt want UK no place near a country that was born out of slavery. Still believing that white is better nuh? You better start reading a little more. And dont tell me shut up either. The first piece of discrimination they put on you I bet you go siddown and learn your onions. Lets solve our own problems. Keep the undesirables out..
      • Flut (24/10/2014, 06:10) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        I guess you are not in a working environment where the white English people discriminate. Be carefully what you ask for. Violence may increase when the uk takes over - we may get back the death penalty then.
    • wize up (24/10/2014, 05:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      virgin son; when those whites come back for BVI, and you think your life will get better; i got news for you....be very careful what you wish-for????
  • spanish man (23/10/2014, 07:20) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope you alright nego
  • Hmmm (23/10/2014, 09:03) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    be careful wa u wish for Virgin son. U better pray the uk stay where dem is if u like ur freedom.
  • Tiss Tiss (23/10/2014, 09:06) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    Who said that the man who did the shooting is an expat...you people really like to jump to comclusions with very little to no information...I will saty out of trouble cause it is you idiots who will be the jury and wrongfully send to jail
  • dog man (23/10/2014, 09:42) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    the Gov.. off the day donot want to strengthen borders because when the borders aency do there job the gov .. say too turn a blind eye to it ! U have to put people in these borders agency who look out for the BVIs. and not self gain !!!! God bless BVIs.
  • ...... (23/10/2014, 12:02) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank You Real Talk,

    People get life in Jail, still the Murders continue. Hell, people are still getting murdered in the states even though they have the death sentence. "Stiffer Gun penalties" aren't going to do shiat, especially when you don't even know who has guns (until after the incident). And last time I checked most of the gun incidents here are not repeat offenders. I seldom hear that Real Talk shot someone today, then went jail for 5 years, then came out and shot someone again.... I can count the people on my one hand who I know have done that. Quit being silly and blaming the NDP for every damn thing. Shiot man. Do the Gun Laws need to be a bit stiffer, certainly. Will they put an end to crime or even bring it down? I very much doubt that. What we are seeing here is as a result of a growing and decaying society (like the rest of the world)...
  • LOL (23/10/2014, 12:37) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Of course the government always going to say crime down. When people search internet for vacations one of the first things they consider is safety. If all they read is crime high, you think they coming. Government required to give the illusion of low crime as it doesn't affect tourist.

    Now as we all know among those who live here crime is increasing because we continue to victimize each other. Neither politics or police can't stop it. It has to come from inside each house. Parents being living examples to their children as to how to behave and when that child does step out of line they need to intercede quickly to steer them straight.

    If we start policing our own children then you will see a change but if father and his teenage son both go to same rum shop there will never be a change except for the worst.
  • Victim (23/10/2014, 13:45) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Don't worry about dem politician. Unless dem rass become de victim dem ain't going fart on we de people.

    Ayo go on lick shot and see where bvi going end up soon in UK hands.
  • Ju know who it is (23/10/2014, 21:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wish you a speedy recovery Chacho, may the lord be with you.
  • fyi just saying (23/10/2014, 22:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do you know that if the government isn't serving the needs of the people that the people can put them out, it is the people who voted them in. I don't know the process but I know that it is possible and no it is not treason, there is a legal way. Hint hint
  • wet well (23/10/2014, 23:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope they do not paint every spanish man with same brush
  • Wise up my people (24/10/2014, 04:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Logics not politics Guns are the easiest thing to get these days, just like Marijuana (herbs) plant. Getting to the point you get less time for getting caught with a GUN. The even getting caught with as lil as a joint-ounce can get you a Three year sentence. Just like that. Verses a Couple of Months.
  • Michael (24/10/2014, 07:12) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tortola full of criminals..


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