ST. CROIX — Two Hispanic males were transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital Friday night after being struck by gunfire, V.I.P.D. Director of Communications Glen Dratte has announced.
The incident occurred in the Clifton Hill area on route 66 — just after the victims took the left turn coming from east at the stoplights in Estate La Reine. The 911 Emergency Call Center received reports about the incident at 10:25 p.m., the V.I.P.D. said.
Upon detectives’ arrival at JFL, contact was made with the two victims who stated that they were coming from the Canegata Ball Park and were on their way home in a black Toyota Tacoma truck. As they made the left turn into Clifton Hill heading to their residence, they heard multiple shots being fired, the V.I.P.D. said.
The driver stated that he accelerated the vehicle in an attempt to survive the onslaught of bullets as they could not see in which direction the gunshots were coming from, according to the police report.
Both victims, who were transported to the hospital by private vehicle, sustained gunshot wounds. One victim sustained wounds to the leg while the other victim’s head was grazed by a bullet, police said.
This is an ongoing investigation, and the Criminal Investigation Bureau is asking anyone with information about this incident to call the C.I.B. Tip-Line 340 778-4850, 340 712 6092, 911. You may also send an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers USVI here.
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