Man shot down in Frederiksted


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ST. CROIX - Police have made no arrests, but are investigating a shooting in Frederiksted on Saturday night that left one man fatally wounded.

V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said residents in the Frederiksted area reported hearing multiple gunshots around 7:37 p.m. Saturday.

She said minutes later, when police officers arrived in the area, they found the body of Wellington Pennyfeather, 21, in the roadway near the intersection of Market and Queen streets.

She said based on preliminary reports from people who witnessed the shooting, there was an altercation between Pennyfeather and another man and the man pulled out a gun and fired several shots. She said Pennyfeather began to run, heading south on Queen Street, when he was struck and fell to the ground in the middle of that Queen Street block.

Pennyfeather had faint signs of life at the scene, and emergency medical technicians transported him by ambulance to Luis Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later, she said.

As of Sunday afternoon, Rames said police detectives were following up on a number of leads.

"They are still investigating, but they are also still asking people in the area to come forward with any information they may have to assist in investigating the fatal shooting," she said.

Saturday night's shooting took place a stone's throw away from where a hail of gunfire rang out just more than a week before, but no one was injured in that incident. In that shooting, Rames reported that residents told police that they heard a great number of gunshots and saw a man standing in the rear of a small black pick-up truck firing the shots, according to Rames.

The next morning, residents reported that projectiles damaged several buildings and a woman reported that a projectile entered her apartment and damaged her refrigerator. No one was injured.

Saturday's killing brings the territory's homicide tally this year to five on St. Croix, including two vehicular homicides - two on St. Thomas and one on St. John.

Anyone with information about the fatal shooting can call detectives at 712-6030, 712-6077 or call Crime Stoppers USVI at their anonymous tipline at 1-800-222-8477.

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

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