Man finds gunshot victim outside his home, drives him to hospital

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ST. THOMAS - A man may have saved the life of a 21-year-old gunshot victim who was left outside the man's home on Tuesday night.

V.I. Police reported hearing gunshots about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday while they were patrolling the Contant Knolls area. Officers traveled to the location of where they believed the shots were fired and found a vehicle in the Altona and Welgunst area that had gone over an embankment, according to police.

No one was in the vehicle at the time, officers reported, but they spotted blood stains in and around the vehicle. The body and windshield of the vehicle were damaged, and bullet shell casings were on the ground, V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said.

Meanwhile, another officer saw a vehicle with flashing hazard lights speeding near Schneider Hospital. The officer followed the vehicle, and then spoke with the driver, who told the officer that he had been at home when he heard a noise outside.

The man told police he found the victim, who had been shot in both arms and his head, and took him to the hospital.

Police later confirmed that the gunshot victim was the driver of the bloody abandoned vehicle that they discovered.

Anyone with information about the shooting can contact detectives at 714-9834, 715-5522 or 911, call the Crime Stoppers USVI anonymous tip line at 1-800-222-8477 or text "USVI" plus the message to 274637.

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