A St. Thomas man was shot and killed and a woman injured Saturday night during a shooting incident near the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agencyheadquarters on Moravian Highway. Jamal Meade, 26, was killed in a hail of gunfire and an unidentified woman received gunshot injuries.
Police officials said Meade and the woman were stopped in a vehicle near a bus stop, a stone’s throw from the VITEMA headquarters and 911 Emergency Communications Call Center, when occupants in another vehicle pulled up long side the two and opened fire.
Meade apparently ran from the vehicle but collapsed a short distance away. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
The shooting, which occurred between 7 and 8 p.m., drew a large police response with officers re-routing traffic in and out of the Cyril King Airport access road while investigators combed the scene for evidence and began interviewing potential witnesses.
Residents in the nearby densely-populated Contant community said they heard up to 20 shots fired before the suspect vehicle sped off from the area.
Law enforcement sources say Meade, who resided in Estate Bovoni, was well-known in law enforcement circles and may have been recently released from prison.
It was the 25th homicide for St. Thomas this year, the territory’s 36th.