Police find car still running, man dead in Tutu roadway


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ST. THOMAS - The identity of a man fatally shot at noon Sunday on St. Thomas has not been released by police.

Responding to calls to 911, officers were dispatched to Monster Hill, located near the Splash and Dash Car Wash in Estate Tutu.

Arriving on the scene, police found a white Toyota Corolla on the side of the road still running with its rear window shattered and apparent damage from gunshots evident to the car's body.

A few feet away, a man was unresponsive in the road, according to police.

Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene said the victim was shot several times and they could not detect any vital signs, according to a statement released Sunday by the office of Police Commissioner Rodney Querrard Sr.

The victim was taken to Schneider Hospital where he formally was pronounced dead by medical staff.

The man's death is the 25th homicide of the year in the Virgin Islands - including two vehicular homicides and two shootings by police. There have been 13 homicides on St. Thomas, 11 on St. Croix and 1 on St. John.

Major Crime detectives are investigating and persons with information regarding the death are asked to contact Major Crimes at  642-8449, Internal Affairs Bureau at  774-2452; 911, or Crime Stoppers USVI anonymous tip line at 1-800-222-8477. Information also can be sent to Crime Stoppers by texting "USVI" plus the message to 274637.

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