Kareem Smith, a 37-year-old resident of Salt River on St Croix, died of gunshot injuries incurred during a shooting incident Saturday evening, the V.I. Police Department reported.
It was the 26th homicide on St Croix since the beginning of the year, the 39th in the territory, according to the Source homicide list.*
At 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, the 911 emergency call center received calls reporting shots fired on Queen Mary Highway at Williams Delight, the police reported. At 8:06 p.m. calls reported a male gunshot victim being transported via private vehicle to the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital.
The gunshot victim, identified as Smith, died of his injury.
Officers learned that a robbery occurred outside the Queen Bee Grocery in Williams Delight, where two male victims reported that two suspects drove up in a black sedan while pointing a rifle at them. The suspects took money from the victims – one left the area in a victim’s vehicle while the other got into a struggle with the victims for the weapon as a shot was discharged. The suspect left the area in the black sedan.
Detectives are investigating both cases to determine if they are related. Police urged anyone with information about the case to call 911, the Crime TipLine at 340-778-4950, or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477 (1-800-222-TIPS). Reports to Crime Stoppers that help resolve a crime can earn the caller an anonymous cash reward.
* The Source homicide list is based on reports from the V.I. Police Department, but unlike the police list or some other news outlets, the Source does not include vehicular homicides or suicides, which can lead to a difference in the totals reported.