1 of 2 suspects in St. Croix shooting that injured two kids turns himself in


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ST. CROIX - One of two men police suspect of being involved in Monday's midday gunfight in D. Hamilton Jackson Terrace housing community surrendered to authorities after evading capture for more than 24 hours.

Kirk Jordan, 38, of Barren Spot was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with reckless endangerment and firearms possession charges in connection to the shootout that was reported just before 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Emergency dispatchers received calls from housing community residents reporting shots being fired and then follow up calls that two children had been injured as the men recklessly engaged in the gunfight, according to police.

While some witnesses said one of the children may have been grazed by a bullet in the hail of gunfire, police said the children were taken to Luis Hospital where they were examined by emergency room physicians and it was determined that one child had a laceration on the arm and the second child suffered some type of bruise to the back. They were treated and released. Police did not say what caused the laceration.

From minutes after the shooting, Jordan was identified as a possible suspect and police followed various leads in an attempt to apprehend him.

On Tuesday, Police Chief James Parris confirmed that Jordan had been arrested and that police were also looking for Johnny Encarnacion as the second shooter. Police warned that Encarnacion should be considered armed and dangerous.

For the last six months, Jordan has been under a 24-hour curfew without the use of an electronic monitoring device and was supposed to be at home with the exception of going to court, going for medical attention and working at the lumberyard owned by his mother in Estate Glynn.

At the time of the shooting, he was miles away from the job site, according to police.

His December arrest stemmed from a Nov. 23 incident in which police said Jordan shot Marvin Goodwin in his head and then failed notify police or emergency medical technicians in a timely manner. Jordan said it was an accidental shooting but made a series of false statements in an attempt to cover up how the shooting occurred, according to police.

Jordan was charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm and unauthorized possession of ammunition, but police still have not been able to take a statement from Goodwin and have not charged Jordan in the shooting.

Jordan's bail was set at $25,000.

Magistrate Jessica Gallivan allowed Jordan to be released to the third-party custody of his sister. Two pieces of property and an unsecured bond were posted to satisfy two times the bail amount.

Jordan is expected to be advised of his rights at 9 a.m. today in Magistrate Court.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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