Shooting on Raphune Hill snarls traffic

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ST. THOMAS - A man was hospitalized Monday afternoon after he was shot while driving up Raphune Hill in Estate Thomas.

V.I. Police responded to the shooting about 2:30 p.m., according to the police blotter - a listing of calls made to emergency dispatchers and the times they were made.

The shooting and subsequent police investigation snarled traffic for about a mile in each direction - up Raphune Hill to Fort Mylner, as well as on Centerline Road and Alton Adams Sr. Drive at the bottom of Raphune Hill - as police directed traffic around what appeared to be a small pile of clothes in the middle of the roadway. No other evidence was visible to bystanders, several of whom said they had heard several gunshots at the time of the incident.

Police marked off an area of grass surrounding The Jungle Food Supermarket at Wheatley Center. They also left the victim's truck in the roadway until they were able to complete their investigation at the scene.

The victim recalled driving up the hill when he felt a pain in his right side, after which he realized that he had been shot, according to V.I. Police Department spokeswoman Melody Rames. Rames did not know how many times the man had been shot, or where on the right side of his body he had been shot.

She said Monday evening that she could not divulge the victim's medical condition.

Eyewitnesses said that they heard the shots fired, though no one could speak to what exactly happened.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email

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