Brothers Arrested in Walter Hodge Pavilion Shooting Incident

Two brothers – Rahkeem S. Swanston, age 20, and Zomari K. Swanston, 30 – have been arrested and charged in a July 1 shooting that left one woman injured.

According to the V.I. Police Department, at about 10:15 a.m. July 2 police arrested Rahkeem Swanston. The next day at around 10:15 a.m., his brother Zomari was also placed under arrest. Both men, of Estate Whim, were charged with third-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a firearm openly or concealed, aiming and discharging a firearm, and possession of ammunition.

The Swanston brothers were identified as shooters in an incident which resulted in a woman being shot at the Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion housing community on July 1. According to witnesses, several Black males in a vehicle entered into the housing community and began damaging a vehicle. The owner of the vehicle, later identified as 22-year-old Jahamon Bruce of Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion, appeared on the scene with a firearm, at which time the males who had damaged the vehicle began shooting at him. Bruce returned fire, prompting the group of males to leave the area in their vehicle.

Bail for Rahkeem Swanston was set at $75,000, while bail for Zomari Swanston was set at $25,000. Neither of the men were able to post bail, and they were subsequently turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

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