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UPDATE: Police come up empty handed following reports of gunfire last night

February 19th, 2018 | Tags: shooting Johnson's Ghut gunshots police gun crime
Police Commissioner Michael B. Matthews, left, told our newsroom that armed officers were among those who responded to the reports of gunfire in Baughers Bay, Tortola on February 18, 2018 but found no shooter or anyone injured. Photo: VINO/File
Gunshots have been reported in the Johnson's Ghut area of Tortola tonight, February 18, 2018. Photo: Internet Source/File
Gunshots have been reported in the Johnson's Ghut area of Tortola tonight, February 18, 2018. Photo: Internet Source/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- Ranks of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) responded to reports of the sound of gunfire in the Baughers Bay area of Tortola last night, February 18, 2018 but came up empty handed.

Reports reaching our newsroom had stated that around 8:45 P.M., shots rang out in the area of Baughers Bay, with one source claiming to have heard at least seven shots.

Police Commissioner Michael B. Matthews told our newsroom that armed officers were among those who responded to the reports.

“We had reports and responded. The force was conducting road checks with additional armed officers who responded. No offenders were found and no injuries reported,” Mr Matthews stated.

On February 16, 2018, a young man was shot while in the area of Horsepath, Tortola, and is now hospitalised. The following night, February 17, 2018, shots were reportedly fired in the same area, Horsepath, but no one was injured.

A week ago, Saturday February 10, 2018, two Virgin Islanders, 24 year old Clevaughn Sweeney and 26 year old Michael Stevens, were shot to death in the area of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School.

See previous article published February 18, 2018

Yet another shooting reported in the VI

There has reportedly been yet another shooting on the Virgin Islands main island, Tortola.

Reports reaching our newsroom state that around 8:45 P.M. tonight, February 18, 2018 shots rang out in the area of Baughers Bay.

One source told this news site at least seven shots were heard.

It is unclear if anyone has been injured but police have confirmed there have been reports of shots fired.

"Police responded to a report of the sound of gunfire in the Baughers Bay area. No other information is available at this time," Police Information Officer Diane L. Drayton told our newsroom.

There are also reports that all bars and nightclubs are being closed by police due to the alleged shooting; however, this could not be immediately confirmed.

Tonight’s shooting brings the total number of reported shootings in the VI to 5 for the year 2018. One of the shootings resulted in the death of two young men on February 10, 2018.

There have been confirmed shootings for the past two nights on the main island of Tortola.

Virgin Island News Online will bring you more details as they unfold.

78 Responses to “UPDATE: Police come up empty handed following reports of gunfire last night”

  • me (18/02/2018, 21:35) Like (3) Dislike (11) Reply
    Look wa tola coming to until somebody heard some in baugher's bay. Hm boy.
    • Rebecca (19/02/2018, 01:55) Like (27) Dislike (9) Reply
      Leaving this week, cannot take this anymore. This place has turned into a war zone. I’ll come back when everything goes back to normal. I don’t want to be the innocent person in the wrong place at the wrong time.
      • Just saying (19/02/2018, 09:07) Like (21) Dislike (10) Reply
        @ Rebecca, haven’t you heard the saying, “what is for you will be for you”. I don’t mean to punch a hole in your tire. Yes you may decide to leave the island and return when things are back to normal, but how do you know where you are going is the right place at the right time? A stray bullet can heat you from anywhere whether you are in the right place or the wrong place.
        • Rebecca (19/02/2018, 18:32) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
          @just saying. Yes you are correct that we never know what or where things might happen, but I am suffering like so many others from the trauma of the flood and hurricanes. I am a BVIlander and my home has been destroyed by all of the aforementioned events. Emotionally I can’t now handle neighbors getting killed so close. I need a break for now, maybe I am not as strong as you, but still leaving for a while and yes someone is watching my property. Thank you.
      • Hmmm (19/02/2018, 09:22) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
        It wont go back to normal! Soo why run every where you go now is madness!
        • wize up (19/02/2018, 19:05) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
          @ Hmmm: try tell them, the grass is not always greener on the other side!!!
        • Rebecca (20/02/2018, 09:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          @Hmmm, not true. There are many peaceful places on this earth that I have traveled to with no shootings or crimes. You really should travel more.
    • OH WOW (19/02/2018, 03:01) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
      @ wow. You might want to try working on your sentence structure before posting rubbish.
      • Perfect speaker (19/02/2018, 07:43) Like (39) Dislike (11) Reply
        So because a person isn’t educated like you they mustn’t post their comment. I’m sure you can decipher what the person is trying to say. Stop bashing the less educated folks and be grateful you can read and write v
    • Observer (19/02/2018, 05:25) Like (49) Dislike (3) Reply
      Too many police children involved in these criminal activities. So don't expect too many of these crimes to be solved
    • jokers (19/02/2018, 19:15) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      arrest all of those punks hanging out under the tree and by the bar - then it will all stop
  • Lily Ann (18/02/2018, 21:53) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    Young ... Wild and Dangerous !!! God help us all.
  • cay (18/02/2018, 21:53) Like (16) Dislike (8) Reply
    where is Mike Mathews?
  • me (18/02/2018, 21:56) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    Those shots definitely rang out in Baughers Bay, not in Johnson Ghut or anywhere in the Purcell area.
    • Loitering (19/02/2018, 04:15) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      We are people allowed to be loitering around or in close proximity of a school, I feel this act should be discontinued. NO hanging around within 30ft. Of a school zone.
      • you know (23/02/2018, 19:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        30ft is the space you should drive behind a car it's nothing to talk bout check for your self
    • Pasea (19/02/2018, 09:55) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      I don't know if they were the same shots, but I heard some loud and clear in Pasea around the same time. It sounded like they were coming from the Walter Francis Drive. If they were in Baughers Bay I don't think I'd have heard them so clearly.
    • @wow (19/02/2018, 10:42) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Gunshots Were heard in the area of Purcell and Johnson ghut
  • rock man (18/02/2018, 22:03) Like (18) Dislike (7) Reply
    The war is on... worst to get it to easy over there no Police or witnesses to worry bout guns up tola
  • Virgin Islands (18/02/2018, 22:07) Like (38) Dislike (1) Reply
    Call for a state of emergency before its get out of hands ....wah really going on here mehson gunman an gun woman plz let come as one an live good an you mr police man if any a ayo doin this ayo need to stop .......back in the days u never hearing about so Much gun shots ......
  • Government Ministers (18/02/2018, 22:10) Like (44) Dislike (0) Reply

  • rattie (18/02/2018, 22:19) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    The thing turn up
  • me (18/02/2018, 22:20) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply
    Not this govement they have a image to protect well this s d worst where r d politcian they happy to have us living n fair. Not a word no action from d police they all on vacation. If u guys can manage call election we cannot go on like this anymore. Let take to d street n protest
    • It's NO SECRET (18/02/2018, 22:45) Like (77) Dislike (1) Reply
      IF they don't do something to STOP THIS NOW, Natures Little Secret is doomed.
    • Waa papa (19/02/2018, 10:40) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      NDP you under fire. But it’s true you as are not doing what we hoped . Please less speaking and more action . Nature’s little secret has become a place of woe and dread. The cry of the people is real sit up and listen or is all this blood shed some form of sacrifice ?? People beware the payment is blood.......
  • ... (18/02/2018, 22:21) Like (24) Dislike (11) Reply
    Vote the ndp out
    • dj (19/02/2018, 04:52) Like (34) Dislike (2) Reply
      We need to vote some of you parents, family members and community members who know some thing but keep silent out.
    • andrew (19/02/2018, 06:59) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
      And put in we.we cant stop the crime ...
  • Ayo deaf??? (18/02/2018, 22:32) Like (4) Dislike (11) Reply
    When war start man getting throw down
    • YAWN (19/02/2018, 09:18) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Clouds getting throw down you mean, a set of punks firing off shots and running.
  • Hmmmm (18/02/2018, 22:33) Like (40) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the commish was local they would call for his head but...hmmm. no stop and search..just a bunch of talk. Its no coincidence the punks went into hiding when the cayman and other police were here after the storms.
  • wha ayo expect (18/02/2018, 22:34) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    when politicians supporting men bad habits?
  • ??? (18/02/2018, 22:39) Like (31) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is what happens when a society is allowed to operate without rules and the Police are frowned upon when they "attempt" to do their job every now and then...When little children can roam the street and ride illegally/recklessly without consequence. I'm actually surprised things took this long to fall apart....This is what happens is when there is no law and order...All hell breaks loose. Why are we surprised???
  • ah seh (18/02/2018, 22:41) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
    Bring back the doggone curfew....Ayo going wait til dem kill some mo?????
  • Spooks man (18/02/2018, 22:42) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Lawdamussy, ahwa Rong wid we tola, gunmen dey out on de town shooting up de place. We need help mison. Tis de SOB or de odda gangstars Dem. Lawdamussy on we.
  • karma (18/02/2018, 22:49) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is happening to our beautiful Island. First they killed an innocent child and it seems like all the government officials lost their tongues. Then months after,2 men are gunned down and then the Premier finally woke up. Just think about the evil that possess those KILLERS to gun down A CHILD.
  • MY OPINION (18/02/2018, 22:58) Like (29) Dislike (3) Reply
    Those outside cops were doing a way better job so bring um back fast mister governor
  • shark (18/02/2018, 23:14) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Daddy Friday say deh thing start.zone6the bottoms
  • Nobody (18/02/2018, 23:54) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    With the entry of Port so open to the point anyone can easily get a gun into the territory, crimes will increase alot. Do you know how easy it is to bring in a gun and drugs on the ferry these days because the officers dont search everyone? They certainly didnt search me the other day I came in. There's no machine to walk through. Get a tighter grip on Port of entrance!!! You are letting these criminals get guns too easy.
  • No excuses (19/02/2018, 01:47) Like (46) Dislike (1) Reply
    All I can say is law abiding citizens, be aware of your surroundings. Hard to say but, since these thugs, gangbangers hoodlums or whatever you call them don't want to take heed, let them kill each other off. They don't care about themselves then why should we. Let them wipe each other out. Just keep your aim away from innocent people and children. Let them have a field day wiping each other out. Less problems for the police.
  • FRANK (19/02/2018, 01:57) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
    So you think shootings will stop just because VIP might win? SMFH!
  • Neighbour Hood Patrol (19/02/2018, 03:59) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
    There is absolutely no need to close all Bars and Night Clubs if it did not Happen their. The police needs the Man power and Patrol in most Districs individually especially the Districs with activities until Morning. let there presence been scene and do their jobs while on Patrol with any weed, transportation, loud music and loitering of groups etc. these are normally police routines that police does when there are an increase of violence across the Island. Matthew and other officers attends siminars and learn nothing or implement anything. Simple do that and the crimes will decrease.
  • school (19/02/2018, 04:12) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Them shooting first thing in the morning, high afternoon, all hour of the night, then shooting kid, should I send my child school today Baughers’ Bay...hmm! really concerned. Most of the shooting are in close proximity of the schoo. Them kill 2 near a school in all
    • parent (19/02/2018, 08:16) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      @School, and you have a right to be concerned. I am concerned and worry about the same thing also. Something have to give. Find the resources and bring in some bounty hunters, green berets or navy seals to set these criminals straight. Show these criminals that they don't run things around here.
  • wize up (19/02/2018, 05:40) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    the price for progress is very high
  • too late (19/02/2018, 06:22) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Many more will have to suffer, many more will have to die. It's just the laws of attraction whatever energy one gives off it will come right back to them.
    • Scooters Curvue (19/02/2018, 07:20) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
      We need a 6am to 6pm Scooters Curfew.. Straight up. Right now. Or this nonsense will continue.. Scooters are not to be seen on our Roads After 6pm and before 6an..
  • Street reporter. Our detectives. (19/02/2018, 06:45) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is on the Top Police.. What is his strategy? Are they mingling. Do they have a listing of paid secret informants.. If you sit back and wait for people to call and its not happening. Be proactive make things happen.. Are we going to get more escuses.. Try reach out to some old time cops..Baltimore and Glasgow had a real and a feared and very effective team in the late 80s 90s . Reach out to those two men.. Get more ideas. The more the better.. This has to stop.
    • wize up (19/02/2018, 07:40) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ street reporter: you understand how policing functions even in big countries like the USA the police conduct covert operations; sting operations and use paid informants however we live on 24 square miles and our police is willing to sit back until a crime is perpetrated then expect the community to solve the matter for them: will a child go home and say to a parent I just shot 2 persons.......if your information leads to the arrest you might have to offer testimony in court:my question to some of us, take a few minutes from your busy schedule and review crime in our country under Mr Malone and Mr Frazer: all of us need to face the actual facts in relation out of control criminal behaviour in our territory: I grow up in a tranquil place(60 years) what going on now is mind blowing and simply getting worst day by day
  • Galloway (19/02/2018, 07:10) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
    Try magic, that is all I will say!
  • q (19/02/2018, 07:11) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    It is a gang war

    wake up people.
  • Urgent (19/02/2018, 07:34) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply

  • Sick a dem now (19/02/2018, 07:38) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    The place going sh** under this government sah... The police moving like they cant do nothing unless somebody call them and tell them EXACTLY what happen... guess what, that probably not gonna happen.... go out on the street and harass them on thier lil blocks where they like to congregate
    every single day till they realize they cant make no money... somebody gonna snich... catch some of them on posession charges then force them to snich on thier friends... Yuh got to get your hands dirty to clean house properly
    • lesson to be thought (19/02/2018, 09:29) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      @sick ah dem you are saying the Police should go after them.policemen and woman that i know here in the bvi are willing to these things but have no support from the hiarchery.remember the case with the two offices that went to court they Loose their case.lost their Jobs as offices.try to get another job in the bvi only to be refuse a work permit and Were told they have to leave this territóry so Police not go n to take chances to loose their Bread harras n the Young Boys.
  • from here (19/02/2018, 07:51) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    NDP an police men's I think after 7:00 or 8:00 know moto bike should be on the road since is these bike using to do all these shoot ....the leader of this country plz open your eyes an take a stand these crimes is out of hands how can a gunman look at a innocent child an take her life .....but citizens of this country let come out an speak wahever we see or here caz whenever we play a blind eyes looks wah goin on in our lil country tola is too small for these gunman to be gettin on ....but as i will say an always say the police force is too durty it need to clean out caz some of this island police man jus into the forec jus for the money we need some serious law enforement around here government all these costum man wah taking all the people them money to let true all these guns ......i think irma wouldve let us come as one an look out for each other but now its like we living in jamaica or trinidad everyday you hering gunshot ....somebody plz tell me if this is my country really goin to the dogs .....ball head you say you or for the youths well lets build some factory or somethings so the youths can learn a trade caz most if these youths drop out from high school an primary school
    • To from here (19/02/2018, 08:30) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sorry to Say,but it seems like not much people seem to care or were affected by the MURDER OF AN INNOCENT CHILD,and that says a lot about our society. A few Government Ministers were present at the candlelight vigil and her funeral,but there should have been more of an outcry from the government and also the community. It seems like the MURDER of TRINITY in NOVEMBER was just the tip of the iceberg because things got worse after that. We heard talk of STREET JUSTICE, one can only wonder if that was a serious talk or just "crazy talk. And it is quite obvious the KILLERS of TRINITY are cold and heartless and I will have to say the same for those who know the KILLERS and remained quiet....she had just turned 11 SMH 11yrs old
  • NDP AS FAIL US (19/02/2018, 08:00) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    Where or the police man an woman them to be potroling i guest under A/C or screwing peoples wife an husband or them same police man doing all these shootin
  • See (19/02/2018, 08:23) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    If anyone took the time to speak with the Cayman or Bermuda police officeres or even the British marines you would know their opinion that our law enforcement here is non existant . Over and over hearing the same thing so stop with yhe excuses . Saw about 20 helmetless scooters speeding and weaving yesterday afternoon alone . No enforcement . Take their little bikes away . The ignorant lazy scum thugs certainly wont expend the energy to walk anywhere . Stop and search . DO SOMETHING so that people will even want to help you local police officers. And I am not talking about groups of three police handing out seatbelt tickets . I know thats easy govt. money but lets get at the real problems . We are losing our country. 20 year old punks are wrecking a lot of peoples hard work.
    • Alafaya (19/02/2018, 15:01) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      I wholeheartedly embrace your post. Had a chance to speak with the visiting police as well and they thought the BVI was at the tipping point and we needed to act fast to save our country from this very same road. Once we go there, it’s hard turning back. And now here we are a few short months later where these punks need a real shakedown. I say we bring those cops back and whatever other brute force is necessary to show these undesirable punks that we mean business. We are taking back our country, of for nothing else, that innocent little girl named Trinity. I didn’t know her, but I feel as if she was my own child.
    • Well said, See! (19/02/2018, 21:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      "We are losing our country. 20 year old punks are wrecking a lot of people's hard work."

      That is a point that should be hammered home! Thank you for saying it so clearly!
  • My solution (19/02/2018, 08:41) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    I am willing to hire a plane and pay for a vigilante group to come to Tortola and hunt down the parasites that is causing all the problems. Once they are rounded up drop them off in Mexico or Colombia. I bet the sissy punks will start S÷=ting and pissing in their diapers and calling for mommy to come get them. Yes, sissy punks trying to be bad men hiding behind a gun.
    • Im down (19/02/2018, 15:06) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      @My solution, hey, I am willing to help you fund this mission. This can be done. If you are serious about this we will hook up and discuss it.
  • roost! (19/02/2018, 09:21) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    When the Police tried to do their jobs we said they were to harsh and they need to leave the young people alone. Now deal with it. Imagine two officers lost their jobs for doing what they're paid to do, keep the Territory safe and you think the Police will care?
    • Don’t even start (19/02/2018, 17:44) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      Doing your job and doing it properly are two different things. Those 2 officers acted unlawfully and sufferered the consequence. Wrong can’t be right just because you are a police officer. Proper functioning officers who behave appropriately and lawfully and actually do their jobs are welcomed by all residents.
  • watcher (19/02/2018, 12:20) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Gun shots were fired in long trench last night around 10.
    • watcher (20/02/2018, 09:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      To the person who disliked my post, you could dislike it all you want but I live long trench and it will not be any cow boy town once I am living there!
  • To Alafaya (19/02/2018, 15:59) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    You brought tears to my eyes to know that TRINITY was not forgotten. Everyone that knew her, from her fellow classmates to teachers and even to those she encountered in the community, not one of them had anything bad to say about her. She was a very quiet and peaceful little girl and I know she didn't deserve to be gunned down in such a heartless manner. I pray that the killers will be caught and we can have JUSTICE FOR TRINITY
  • NezRez (19/02/2018, 19:53) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is impossible for the police to know something before it happens. Yes, if there was proper patrol and lighting as it should be, that would deter criminals from being so relaxed about not getting caught. Police presence stops many people from doing things, which means people will live to see another day.
  • Bad cops (19/02/2018, 20:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Those 2 officer that lost their jobs were 2 idiots, a traffic stop does not end up n ppl home, u need a warrant to go n ppl home unless s life or death crises. Thats basic. So officers refusing to stop these bike riders n search undertheir seat s making excused not to do their job they r putting ppl life at risk.
  • jj (19/02/2018, 21:10) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply

    stop all this sh*t now.

    when the music start to play the monkey will dance.

  • man about town (19/02/2018, 21:51) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Our local police force need to be properly examine from our Cop to its last joining officer. The Senior management of the Police force failed vigorously in bringing startigic planning to our local police force in regards to the uprising crime within our democratic society. Therefore we the people of the British Virgin Islands will hold His. Excellency the Governor, who is the head of the Police Force, the Commissioner of Police and his team accountable. We say you owes to us the members of the public a duty of care. You told us the the BVI is one of the safest community but I am in fare. Our Leaders does not have our local Police at heart and take security serious. I will look on and take the appropriate action where necessary.
  • mice man (19/02/2018, 22:19) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Listen up people if this government want this country to get quiet and peaceful again
    give me the job to clean it up I come up there with my boys do what I have to do and leave that is my job hit and go mark me we are not targeting innocent people we in the business too long give me 2 months in your country u will c the t squad in action hit me up if u need me we can do business Ak 4
  • BeeVeeEye (19/02/2018, 23:36) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    The police less of course they will come up empty handed
  • Peaches (20/02/2018, 21:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is a serious breakdown in society. All of this madness starts from the home and spills over into society. Parents break up and then the children go astray. Some parents are not qualified to be parents at all. Mothers, not because the father is not in the home you just sit back and let the child run wild! Get up and fight for your child or else you will be in the Courthouse and then visiting the jail or you will be planning your child's funeral.

    Mothers if your children like with you, do you think that you should go to sleep peacefully and do not know where your child is? When single mothers begin to get radical and go and look for their child/children in the midnight hour instead of going to bed and that child is like a man turning his own key and coming in your house in the wee hours of the morning. Parents you also need to search your children rooms, know who their friends are!! Stop acting blind and deaf! Many of these home have weapons that shed innocent blood and the parents do not know a thing because they allow their child/children to do what they want. If your child is not the one paying mortgage, why does he have a key to come in all hours of the night? or morning.

    Mothers/Fathers you must be seeing something suspicious about your child but you are turning a blind eye, but one of these days you will hold your head and bawl!


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