Police on St. Thomas are investigating the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Shakir Richardson of Estate Tutu in what appears to be the territory’s first homicide of 2011.
Police were alerted to the shooting victim at about 2:25 a.m. Thursday through a 911 emergency dispatch call reporting a man down in Estate Anna’s Retreat near the Joseph Gomez Elementary School.
Police and Emergency Medical Technicians arrived on the scene and found the victim, who was lying on the ground unresponsive with at least one gunshot wound to his body. He was later pronounced dead by medical personnel.
Police have asked for the community’s assistance in the investigation. Anyone who saw or heard anything that could be related to incident can call the police to report what he or she knows.
Anyone with information can call detectives at 715-5522, 714-9834, the Major Crime Bureau at 715-5545, or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-TIPS.