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UPDATE: 3 shot, 2 dead in execution style murder

November 23rd, 2017 | Tags: shooting injured peebles hospital lockdown gun crime
Two are dead and an adult female is in critical condition at the state-owned Peebles Hospital in Road Town following a shooting in West End, Tortola last night, November 23, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Upwards of two people were shot on the western end of Tortola tonight, November 22, 2017. Photo: Internet Source/File
Upwards of two people were shot on the western end of Tortola tonight, November 22, 2017. Photo: Internet Source/File
WEST END, Tortola, VI- It was just before 10:00 PM last night Wednesday November 22, 2017 when three persons were heading back to Road Town from West End on Tortola in a white Suzuki Jeep when the three persons, an adult male and a female, along with an 11 year old girl, came under fire.

According to our Team of Reporters, the gunmen were on two scooters and fired several shots indiscriminately into the vehicle.

Our newsroom can confirm that two persons, the adult male and the 11 year old girl, have died. We have names and photos of all victims; however, will hold on publishing until a later news cycle.

The adult female remains at the state-owned Peebles Hospital in Road Town and her condition is critical, according to hospital sources.

The male and 11-year-old minor were pronounced dead on arrival. The female continues to receive treatment at the hospital for her injuries.

According to a press release from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) today, November 23, 2017, the minor was a back seat passenger in a vehicle containing two other persons, a male driver and an adult female.

"Reports indicated that the vehicle was on the West End Public Road in the area of the graveyard around 9:30 P.M. when at least two scooter riders rode up to the vehicle. Shots were then fired into the vehicle and then the scooter riders fled."

CoP appeals to public for help

Speaking exclusively to our newsroom moments ago, Police Commissioner Michael B. Mathews, who still remains popular in the Territory, said: "I am sickened and horrified that an assassination style killing has taken place in our community."

The top cop also stated: "the perpetrators of such crime are sick individuals and I appeal to all of our communities- including those who are of a criminal nature- to have a conscience and to come forward and assist the police with information that will bring these evil killers to justice."

There have been some 10 homicides for the year in the tiny overseas territory of the Virgin Islands, the majority of which have been as a result of shootings.

The number of homicides is the highest ever recorded in the Virgin Islands and also speaks of the urgency to take drastic action against gun crime.

See previous article published November 22, 2017

Another shooting incident in the VI

Our newsroom can confirm that upwards of two people were shot on the western end of Tortola tonight, November 22, 2017.

Details are still emerging as to who was shot and how many people were shot; however, it is being reported that a child is one of the shooting victims.

Peebles Hospital is on lockdown with heavy police presence following the incident.

Virgin Islands News Online is currently working our sources around the territory and will bring more details as they emerge.

This is the third shooting for this month.

On November 4, 2017 a man was shot in the leg while in the vicinity of a bar in Huntums Ghut and on November 20, 2017, Elmore Stoutt High School teacher Paul S. Meyers was shot in both of his legs while at his residence in Huntums Ghut, also on the main island of Tortola.

78 Responses to “UPDATE: 3 shot, 2 dead in execution style murder”

  • man (23/11/2017, 00:16) Like (18) Dislike (69) Reply
    Smh so again the curfew is useless
    • @gun man. (23/11/2017, 00:47) Like (51) Dislike (2) Reply
      It that all the contribution u could make. People are dead one possible a child and u all are going to turn this into a political debate ? I cannot imagine the shock and pain that the relatives of these people are feeling. My heart felt condolences to all.
    • wize up (23/11/2017, 05:15) Like (7) Dislike (51) Reply
      @ gun man: the curfew and police are useless(Amen)
      • Online Now (23/11/2017, 07:15) Like (66) Dislike (2) Reply
        The useless people are the ones who are committing the crimes. You can’t always police idiots other than bringing them to justice. Stopping crime is a community, family and education issue - raise decent human beings who would not commit crimes!
      • @wize up (23/11/2017, 07:49) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
        I am not surprised by your comment. By now everyone knows you are an idiot. Stop vomitting your hatred and what else u have tied up in your innards and think before you try to say something. I look forward for a good laugh when you reply.
        • wize up (23/11/2017, 10:35) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
          @ wize up: keep laughing: and trust when any criminal activity visits you household you will continue laughing:(you keep the faith) the bullshit blogs won't phase because might be one of those who can simply book a flight depart the territory....
      • REBUKE (23/11/2017, 08:12) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
        Foolish response! You will eat those words one day.
    • OMG (23/11/2017, 05:19) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
      Why are we keep shooting each other. Our problems are not cause by us.. Its the system.. The system is the root of our problem. Poison the root of any tree and it will die.. Clip the branches and it will spread bigger.. We are just the branches the system is the tree..
    • @gun man (23/11/2017, 06:18) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
      Shutup. You could also argue that if the curfew was from 6 pm to 6 am these people would not have been on the road. People are possible a child. Are we going to turn this into another political debate? Condolences to the family of these folks
      • dude (23/11/2017, 13:19) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
        You assume that criminals obey the law. The curfew is for the law abiding citizens. Crime will happen regardless bc it's them who won't keep curfew doesn't matter the time.

        Hoping these criminals are caught quickly. Whoever they live with know it was them. Do the right thing and turn them in.
    • @ gun man (23/11/2017, 07:05) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      But all the crime is happening before curfew so

      That should say a lot
    • Mr. Hodge (23/11/2017, 09:21) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
      Enough about this nonsense with the curfew!!! Blood is being spilled in the streets people are dying from stress and other Irmageddon related matters, people are homeless and jobless and some hopeless and a curfew is all you can be concerned about?? Really...friggin REALLY???
    • Sadness (23/11/2017, 11:55) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      The curfew is needed ... and its fine ... but we need more patrolling of the police during those hours and before. in fact until light is restored fully it should stay in place.
      • Me (23/11/2017, 14:03) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        I agree, until we have street lights and house lights then curfew should remain .
  • Manabouttown (23/11/2017, 00:18) Like (38) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is so sad, come on people we do not want this kind of behaviour in our society.
  • O.o (23/11/2017, 04:51) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    Whoever these gunmen are I hope they know time is longer than twine...This is unacceptable in these times they are going around shooting people?... I hope one day they go to shoot someone and that person takes them out completely!!! If You aren't a true police (no criminal intent)or a person who has had to defend yourself from anything life threatening and you have shot someone,Just know you will pay...May not be now but surely in the end..
  • Pup-D- G4L (23/11/2017, 05:09) Like (2) Dislike (26) Reply
    *rubs hands like bird man* G4L hit squad
  • enforcement (23/11/2017, 05:16) Like (29) Dislike (4) Reply
    Since the English soldiers leave there is no enforcement of the curfew..Locals have no respect for the local cops and the local cops are doing their job well to get that respect....
    • @enforcement (23/11/2017, 08:28) Like (28) Dislike (12) Reply
      How can local cops be respected when officer ** was one of them looting rum from Caribbean Cellars. How can they be respected when they dont respect themself or the uniform? And how can expat cops be respected when they doing it just for the $$$$.....when you find one cop local or expat that is passionate about providing law and order in the BVI let me know
      • Online Now (23/11/2017, 13:44) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
        If the only things stopping you murdering innocent children is your respect for the police, then we are already in trouble! How about respect for other people, for lives, how about doing the right thing. It seems that a lot of people here do not understand how to do the right thing!
      • Zap (23/11/2017, 19:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        there still a few local I know especially in the blue
      • Sue (23/11/2017, 22:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Enforcement shut your behind you so darn foolish. Why do you do the job. You all find all sort so nonsense to complaint about. Why don’t you tell the rude ass you men to go look jobs. Why can’t they be corrected say sorry when they wrong, why dont you tell to leave drugs alone, why can’t you encourage those who are drugs to go to rehabilitation to get clean. Why don’t you tell them let’s live and love each other and why don’t you tell them to stop the killing, they’re are leaving families to be in serious pain instead is a bunch of bull you talking. Commission take the curfew 6-6 until the behave. This is a darn shame.
  • wize up (23/11/2017, 05:27) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    all the business place taking cash only; so them gun boys having a field day: because some of find ourselves walking around with large sums of cash; I personally have an issue because I have done business with some places for about 30 years, never bounce a check yet but now i to pay by check: it is only a matter of time before some of us pick arms in an effort to defend and protect ourselves......this shooting thing is out of hand, out of control and BVI don't manifucture gun!!!!!!
  • 'P' (23/11/2017, 05:31) Like (53) Dislike (10) Reply
    It need to go back 6am to 6pm.
  • nonsense (23/11/2017, 06:08) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    Curfew or no curfew this bs was happening. People out there thinking find can solve everything. It's a trickle down effect somebody gets caught someone else will pay
  • pat (23/11/2017, 07:08) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    The police got the money they wanted now what?
    • @pat (23/11/2017, 07:54) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      Tortola always have money so what? You beleive money is the answer to everything?
    • @pat (23/11/2017, 07:55) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
      You sound so ignorant, with the destruction that the hurricane cause can the money do anything. Is foolish people like you who makes our society sound and look ignorant. People are talking about the police not doing their jobs, half don't have respect for them and the other half need to open their eyes. When we are sending electricity to selected houses and places with the majority can't get. this is what happens. all street lights should have been up by now. So much to mention. all the material and cement which was sent by the overseas islands where is it speak about that.
      • vi (23/11/2017, 09:17) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
        The cement, sand, gravel, lumber, everything else sitting at the Festival Ground looking like a construction material supply store. If you need some of it, the guard dogs tell you that you have to fill out a 4 page document giving all your personal data, next thing you know someone steals your identity and your bank account gets compromised because you do not know whose hands this information ends up in. The next thing they tell you is that you will hear from someone a week later, like that make any darn sense. The people need the material asap
  • island man (23/11/2017, 07:27) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why should a man take the life of a brother for reasons that might be able to resolve in some ways? What can be given in exchange of a man's life? Can money buy life? Can a man restore life to the dead?
    Then why should you take a brother's Life?
    God forbid!
  • Sawda (23/11/2017, 07:53) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
    The police don't give a Sh***t about B wee I ,all they concern about is the relief supplies they have in their houses and the barrels they getting ready to ship home..Ah set of Thieves that's what they good at..SMFH..
    • @Sawda (23/11/2017, 09:38) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Are u mocking the good people of the BVI? It is obvious u are not one of us so your comment natually does not represent us. By the way did anyone of you who are straying from the headline did basic comprehension ?. When a crime is committed in our territory it is felt by everyone except of course the person who committed it. Blame every and anyone we will suffer the ill effects. My condolences to the relative of this horrible act.
  • Fam (23/11/2017, 08:03) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Lea An Lee I’m praying for you all
  • My Goodness (23/11/2017, 08:22) Like (19) Dislike (10) Reply
    Kids ain't raised right by parents. The girls let the men get them pregnant cause they can't say no to a convincing man and besides "my friends do it and they are O.K." Then the man he scoot on to the next. Mama is a teen & cannot handle the kid and the cycle goes on. If Government/the people want something different than jealous men & drug gangs, then DO something about the source. Make consequences for the men that get women pregnant. Make consequences for the woman that do get P. and especially won't tell who done it. It starts with parents as soon as the child is born. Handouts only make it easier. There has to be CONSEQUENCES
    • 0.o (23/11/2017, 08:59) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
      I don't think this is the post for what you are talking about my dear. There are criminals of good upbringing. Did a husband or boyfriend get someone pregnant on your head? because you sound mighty bitter to be talking about pregnancy under a gun violence post....Some of you people are just there as mouth pieces and your kids are not better than the next.I am truly sorry that this happened and it makes me fearful for everyone including myself that is trying to make an honest living after Irma. We need more police patrolling. People are talking about curfew, that doesn't stop people from being criminals. What it does is limit how much time the criminals have at night to be out as much as possible. We know we won't get all of them off the road at the curfew time but its worth a try. Sorry to those of you with 'social lives' at night time. Look at it this way, Stray bullets are a thing and If you aren't a direct hit, I don't think you would want to be a random one either.
  • Why (23/11/2017, 08:38) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I sick and fed up of this kinda behaviour around here. When have we become do heartless in the BVI that we find it easy to walk around shooting at each other.

    For a family oriented society we need to come together as a people help each other along the was build up each other this is so sad. I am 38yrs my eldest child is 16 my youngest is 5 It is so sad they wouldn't see the BVI I grow up in were it took a village to raise a child.

    Why has crime excelate to this level don't get me wrong crime was always around but not yo this level what are we saying to our children do we now bring them up in fear of the world when the only they should fear is God almighty. To the family I hope all will be well with those persons involved in shooting may God cover them under his precious blood Lord continue to build a hedge of protection around us and our families

    I am beginning to think this thing is an political agenda try to discredit the government even more but maybe the soldiers need to come back and curfew go back 6am-6pm anyone caught outside the curfew hours must provide a valid reason for being out those person should undergo full search of the vehicle and body search its time for hammer to drop.
  • huh (23/11/2017, 09:20) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    @My Goodness. Exactly what does your comment has to do with this story?
  • CAPITAL PUNISHIMENT (23/11/2017, 09:26) Like (44) Dislike (0) Reply
  • CBN (23/11/2017, 10:31) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bruh we shooting kids now !? Kids fam! Smh
  • sad (23/11/2017, 10:33) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nothing anyone does to another makes it ok to shoot them and especially not their family. Who ever the heartless bast@rd was that shot these people I hope karma smacks you back. You don’t shoot kids...
  • one eye (23/11/2017, 11:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino you late but got the facts
  • SMH (23/11/2017, 11:47) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Concerned (23/11/2017, 12:17) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    Release The Pictures .
  • See (23/11/2017, 12:18) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very sad and condolences to the family. As for the gutless cowards who did this .... rot in hell . Sooner the better . .. bring back the real police ... they saw what was going on here and were not shy about telling it like it is . Our country needs help of many kinds asap . Stop the political BS and CYA and start caring about people and country and pray for the victims of our unwillingness to enforce law and order with consequences that matter.
  • man about town (23/11/2017, 13:10) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    My condolences to the bereaved families and friends. May their soul rest in perfect peace. To the person or persons responsible for this coward act, we will hunt you down, smoke you out of your cage and bring you to justice. You are a coward. I urge our society to assist the law enforcement agencies and bring this coward to swift justice.
  • YOU (23/11/2017, 14:07) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bring back the curfew to 7pm
  • Hang them! (23/11/2017, 14:21) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Them two boys need to get hang... this is madness, a child.. come on mehn.. what is going on
  • My Take (23/11/2017, 14:33) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    No matter what beef was going on. A innocent child had to pay for the violence. Please police, don't leave any stones unturn looking for the jungle savages that commit this act. If you have info, dry snitch on the jungle creatures. They kill a innocent child.
  • DEATH PENALTY (23/11/2017, 14:34) Like (31) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Angry (23/11/2017, 15:51) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    You killers of that innocent child is going to get your just deserts. You low life bottom feeding nappy head trash mess with a innocent child. The streets is going to start dropping dimes. This is to much. Start dry snitching people. The good thing about dry snitching, no one knows who the snitch is. Do it for the child that was killed.
  • dont care (23/11/2017, 16:06) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only cowards kill children.Please hunt down the cowards and hang them on the nearest light pole. Jail is to good for them.
  • jah know (23/11/2017, 16:20) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Under Gov. Jaspert this is more likely to get solved hopefully
  • OG (23/11/2017, 16:31) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
    The number 1 rule is you DO NOT take out kids. You killers broke that rule and for that you are going to have to pay big time for messing up like that. KARMA is going to be at your door step sooner than you expect. A lot of coins is getting ready to drop. People know who you are. You should have left S$!t alone. You violate.
  • Sickening (23/11/2017, 16:48) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is this what the BVI come to? How in life can you live with yourself after robbing families of people? For God’s sake one of them was a young girl with such promise and her whole future ahead of her! What kind of sick minds can be that cold hearted? May God be with the families who lost their own, and may justice come swiftly and destructively to the perpetrators of this hideous and sick crime!
  • please (23/11/2017, 17:12) Like (34) Dislike (0) Reply
    If you know who the killers are, please turn them in. Don't let the killers walk the streets like everything is fine. They kill a innocent child. Do it for the little girl. Please don't allow the killers to get away with what they did.There are to many of them walking the streets. Where I am from. You kill a child, the law is going to hunt you down in rain, sleet and snow. Also, you pay a heavy price when you go to jail from the other inmates.
  • Beastiebwoi (23/11/2017, 18:52) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    Teen pregnancy has a lot to do with this cause pickney having pickney usually equals..BANDITS
  • Possee (23/11/2017, 18:55) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Make some type of agreement with the US to send in some NYC police officers to flush them out. Those NYC police officers is not afraid to go up against the criminals here.
    • Reeny (24/11/2017, 09:37) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Possee. I for one want these punks to be caught more than ever. What we do not need are U.S. cops here who have been having a field day shooting and killing Black people. The outrageous murders committed by those rogue cops , killer's of our innocent people is legal genocide. Leave them where they are or you will regret what you have asked for.
  • Bann Them (23/11/2017, 19:34) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
    To start, they need to BANN these scooters. They are serving no purpose here other than assisting with crime and making noise. And most if not all of them are on the road illegally. Lets see how soon the authorities responsible will take this serious and start moving towards doing the right thing. Bann them!
    • jah know (24/11/2017, 15:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Why ban them when they are the easiest way of getting around now...strict rules is what needed...If you ban them, the same effort it would take to find them and take them off the road, is the same effort could be use to take the ILLEGAL ones off the road. Any scooters with no license plate, no registration number confiscate them. Ones with no helmet, chase them, pull them over, thats what you have the police bikes for. Put the pressure on them.
  • Just so angry (23/11/2017, 20:08) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    The little girl did not deserve what happened to her. The killers need to be caught,tied by their legs with a cable wire behind a pick up truck and dragged from East to West until there is only scraps left for the vultures to pick on.
    • agreed (24/11/2017, 00:09) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Just so angry, I am passed angry. How bold.I want to shred the two parasites to pieces. Honestly, if I knew who they were. I would hunt them down and apply some swift street justice.You don't fire on children. For that they are going to pay big time. BVI's most hatred need to turn themselves in.
  • Normalcy (23/11/2017, 20:28) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mick is probably wondering what he got himself into. Nature’s Dirty Little Secret. These murders are getting out of hand, and killing little children (whether accidental or not) is the tipping point in my opinion. Something needs to be done about these nuisances in our society, especially those who sit along the road side all day long, or ride around on Scooters all day and all night, doing absolutely nothing to contribute to society in a meaningful way. Am I the only person who has a problem with this?? Come on man, let’s do something. The Police are giving these guys a free ride, and clearly their parents have failed them. Let’s get proactive and stop waiting for shit to happen. Stop letting these nuisances ride up and down aimlessly, day and night. Just like how Black Men are profiled in America, I think Scooter Riders should be automatically stopped and frisked ON A DAILY BASIS.
  • BVI Lover (23/11/2017, 20:49) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ban the scooters please. Ban de scooters. Many have lost their lives on these scooters and now they using them to commit crimes and get away easier on the scooter. Please increase the stop and search for every one is a suspect you just never know , cars in the day and scooters at night. Bring back the Green Barrett soldiers please
  • Pony (23/11/2017, 22:08) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ban these scotters ,confiscate them lot ,stock and barrell all.Does bvi manufactured guns.police needs to check out some of business men gooods at the port.Bvilanders you are selling out your own .think about it ,you notice a certain type of bussines people arent target in the bvi.illegal gun trade.
  • Mark (23/11/2017, 22:10) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    I hope the street deal with these killers. The criminals gonna go after who they want and curfew don't mean a thing but when u start killing children the streets should handle that.
  • Shaking My head (24/11/2017, 00:23) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    So those idiots sat there and decide they are going to pull a hit using a scooter. Now everyone riding scooters is going to be hot. They put a target on all scooter riders back.
  • ....................... (24/11/2017, 06:48) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who is going say its time for the uk to take over the bvi? Now that is the real deal
  • Normalcy (24/11/2017, 08:07) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    I don't agree with banning anything. They all have their purposes. We are the ones who allow them to be used in a reckless manner. Someone said most of the Scooters on the road are unlicensed. Why is this even being tolerated in the first place??! That's the first part of your problem. If you ban them then they will just find another way to be a nuisance to our society. A ban is not a solution to a problem. It's just a bandaid. Let them have their Scooters. But a message of zero tolerance needs to be sent to those who ride unlicensed scooters and who ride recklessly. I don't understand for the life of me why this can't be done. If you can't enforce basic laws how will you maintain order in a society? If they are allowed to do whatever the hell they want of course they'll feel comfortable committing murder.
  • Subway (24/11/2017, 08:33) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    The most hardest criminals know you don't mess with children. I don't condone violence but, in this case, I don't have a problem with the streets taking justice this time.
  • Fearful! (24/11/2017, 12:11) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    After reading this I’m most fearful of myself and loved ones. This should be a way of life especially now that we’ve been through so much in the past couple month. God isn’t finish! He is still sitting high and watching low.
    I’m honestly tired of the government saying they’re upset of these violent behaviors when they can implement certain laws to prevent these acts. The curfew was changing so quickly because they felt they don’t need it. Now these acts are occurring just before. Do we still not need it? In my opinion we do and found that it really did help in the beginning. It’s like they get bored after certain hours and feel like just shooting random families.
  • @Fearful (24/11/2017, 14:15) Like (2) Dislike (12) Reply
    Nothing can change the DNA of people. The demographic makeup of the BVI was altered and tis is now the new norm.
    Change the demographic of the BVI in a relatively short time is easy,especially post Irmaria. Seize this opportunity afforded by The Universe for r the much needed catharsis and the BVI will be gloriously survive and thrive:
    I say so cause it is so.
    In the meantime, make a note of the description of the assailants.

    Two black men on scooters with no historical or ancestral ties or lineage to any of the Virgin Islands:.

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