Police investigate separate shootings on St. Thomas, St. Croix
Published: August 27, 2013
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Police are investigating two separate incidents in which a man on St. Croix and a man on St. Thomas were shot about the same time Monday morning.
Both victims sustained non-life threatening wounds, police said.
About 9 a.m., police on St. Thomas were advised that a 49-year-old man was in the Bovoni area when he was injured by a gunshot to his left leg, according to a statement issued Monday by V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames.
The victim told police that he was selling coconut water to a customer, and when the customer finished drinking the coconut water he threw the coconut at the victim and the victim threw it back at him.
The victim said the man walked off and got into a brown Toyota Tercell, and as the man drove off, he fired a shot toward the victim, hitting him in the leg.
On St. Croix, also about 9 a.m. Monday, police responded to Luis Hospital to investigate a report of a gunshot victim. The man had a gunshot wound to this upper left shoulder blade and had been shot while in Estate William's Delight, not far from where he lives, police said. The victim refused to answer any questions from officers, according to police.
Both cases are being followed up by detectives from the Criminal Investigation Bureau.