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A man is now nursing a gunshot wound following an early morning shooting today, February 22.
Police Information Officer, Ms. Diane Drayton in a press release indicated that the incident occurred around 1:00 a.m in Little Apple.
According to the details provided, the victim was in his vehicle when he was approached by a masked gunman.
“The victim was assaulted by the gunman, resulting in a struggle and then he was shot. The gunman then fled the scene. Nothing was taken in the incident,” the statement read.
The injuries are not life-threatening.
According to the police, “The assailant was described as being dressed in all black with a hoodie and a mask covering his face, between 5'11 and 6'2 in height, and slim built.”
The police have launched an investigation into the incident.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Alwin James speaking to the battle to rid the streets of illegal weapons said, “Just last week we arrested two more persons, a male and female, on firearm offenses after a lengthy investigation. It is a persistent fight to keep firearms off the streets; we could be more successful with the public’s help.”
He continued, “We need the eyes and ears of the community to help in identifying persons who carry illegal weapons. This kind of information is critical in protecting the public and reducing violence.”
Pointing to recent incidents, the statement from the police read, “Last week, Shakeem Blackmore of Huntums Ghut and Shundi Niles of Sea Cows Bay were both formally charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. Their charges stem a weapon uncovered during a search of a vehicle last year.”
The police is asking persons with information that can help to identify carriers of illegal weapons to contact the Criminal Investigations Department of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force at 311.