Man dead, 2 children injured, 3 vehicles struck in shooting

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ST. THOMAS - A 41-year-old man is dead and two children are wounded in an incident in which police believe their vehicle was struck by bullets from oncoming vehicles on Smith Bay Road.

According to police spokeswoman Melody Rames in a prepared release, police have identified the victim as Irvin Clendinen Jr., who was shot at least once in his upper body.

According to investigating detectives, Clendinen and three girls were traveling east on Smith Bay Road when the incident occurred about 6:15 p.m. Clendinen and one of the girls were struck by gunfire that police believe was fired by passengers in two or more vehicles travelling in the opposite direction, according to Rames.

When officers arrived to the shooting scene between Point Pleasant Resort and the Smith Bay playground, they found Clendinen unresponsive in the driver's seat of a gray vehicle, with one of the children suffering from a gunshot wound to her hand and another having received cuts from broken glass.

All three victims were taken by ambulance to the Schneider Hospital where Clendinen was pronounced dead.

Police did not release the ages of the girls, or their relationship to Clendinen.

At least two additional vehicles also sustained damage in the incident, Rames wrote.

Officers and investigators on the scene found a second vehicle nearby that was struck by bullets and sustained damage from a collision with another vehicle. No driver or passengers from the second vehicle were identified at the time, Rames said. A third vehicle police suspect was also involved in the incident, was located nearby in the Tutu Hi-Rise housing community. That vehicle also sustained damage from bullets.

Investigators are continuing to gather information on the incident and anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Crimes Unit at 642-8449, 911, or Crime Stoppers USVI at Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.

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