VIPD Identifies Person of Interest in Wet Fete Shooting Incident That Left 18-Year-Old Female Badly Injured
ST. CROIX — The V.I. Police Department is calling on the USVI community to provide information on the whereabouts of Abassi Boston, who the department said Sunday night is a person of interest in the shooting incident at a wet fete event in July that left an 18-year-old female injured.
“The police department is seeking the whereabouts of Abassi Boston who is a person of interest in the July Tsunami shooting that occurred in La Reine Shopping Center in which a female participant was shot in the face,” the V.I.P.D. wrote in a statement. “Mr. Boston is being sought for questioning in this matter. If anyone knows of his whereabouts please contact crime stoppers, 911 or the CIB tip line at 778-4950.”
The victim has since been flown out of the territory for further medical attention.
According to V.I.P.D. Director of Communications Glen Dratte, the victim was shot during the early-morning hours of Sunday, July 17 during “The Return of Tsunami 4: The Ultimate Wet Fete” event. The bullet that struck the victim’s chin traveled to her neck, requiring extensive and serious surgery, according to the V.I.P.D.
A male minor who was also shot during the incident sustained a gunshot wound to his upper-right shoulder. He was treated for his wounds at the Juan F. Luis Hospital, the V.I.P.D. said.
Event promoter TGOD Promotions issued a statement on social media expressing regret at what occurred. The company said the incident “left us all with heavy hearts, saddened by what took place even after crossing all T’s and dotting all i’s.”
Even so, TGOD said Tsunami 4 was “definitely one for the books! The energy was amazing and the performances were perfect! We always aim to please and make sure that our patrons leave completely satisfied.”
The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the scene at about 1:46 a.m. on July 17. A preliminary investigation revealed that shots were discharged during the event, striking both victims, according to police. Mr. Dratte said the incident remains under active investigation.
The Criminal Investigation Bureau is asking anyone with information about what occurred to leave an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers USVI here.
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