Two kids hurt during shooting at Christiansted housing community


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ST. CROIX - Two young children were injured Monday afternoon as bullets flew around them in a Christiansted housing community.

Emergency dispatchers received calls from residents in the area of the D. Hamilton Jackson housing community reporting shots being fired around 2:20 p.m., according to V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames.

The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency web blotter, which provides a list of calls to emergency dispatchers, shows reports of weapons and shots fired at 2:22 p.m. Monday, and at 2:28 p.m. another call was made reporting that the children had been injured.

Based on the initial information to police, Rames said there were two men in the area who were involved in an altercation that escalated when gunfire rang out with both men recklessly exchanging gun fire in the housing community.

As the men then left the area, witnesses reported that two children had injuries.

While some witnesses said one of the children may have been grazed by a bullet in the hail of gunfire, Rames said the children were taken to Luis Hospital where they were examined by emergency room physicians there and it was determined that one child had a laceration on the arm and the second child suffered some type of bruise to the back.

"None of the children were hit by gunfire," Rames said. "We area really not sure how they were injured, but it was not from a bullet."

Soon after the shooting incident, police were able to gather very promising leads on who the suspects are in the daylight shoot-out, Rames said.

As of Monday evening, Rames said police were still aggressively investigating but had not yet made any arrests.

Police are asking that residents in that housing community who may have information about the shooting and people involved, call police at 911 or contact the confidential tip line at Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.

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

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