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Two men killed, two injured in shooting at Four Winds Plaza, St. Thomas; victim identified

Two men killed, two injured in shooting at Four Winds Plaza, St. Thomas; victim identified

Last updated on Thursday, July 11, 2024, 07:12.


ST. THOMAS — Two men were killed and two others injured in a shooting at Four Winds Plaza in St. Thomas Wednesday night, St. Thomas police confirmed to the Consortium. Police said officers were on the scene quickly, but despite their efforts, the violence claimed lives and left the community in mourning.

According to the report, several citizens called 911 at around 9:33 p.m. on Wednesday to report multiple gunshots in the area of ​​Four Winds Plaza, St. Thomas. Witnesses reported that at least two people were shot at that location.

Units from VIPD and other law enforcement agencies quickly arrived at the scene. When they arrived, they discovered two unconscious black men lying in the square, both of whom appeared to have sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

Paramedics arrived shortly thereafter and checked the men for signs of life. At 11:53 p.m., paramedics confirmed that neither man showed any signs of life. The deceased were later identified by next of kin as 29-year-old Lamar Richardson and 33-year-old Randy John Baptiste.

At the scene, officers learned that two other men had been transported to Schneider Regional Medical Center for immediate medical attention for gunshot wounds sustained in the incident at Four Winds Plaza.

“Our condolences go out to the families, friends and loved ones who have been victims of gun violence,” said St. Thomas/St. John District Police Chief Steven Phillip. Chief Phillip expressed deep concern about the ongoing violence in the community. “These senseless killings continue to be a major problem in our communities. It is very disturbing; no one wins in these incidents, but the families of the victims lose.”

Chief Phillip emphasized efforts to combat violence in the community. “We are continually researching effective violence reduction strategies to keep our communities safe. We ask for your continued support in the fight against crime in our community. We will bring perpetrators to justice.”

VIPD is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call (340-774-2211) or the Criminal Investigation Division Major Crimes Unit at 340-642-8449. Additionally, tips may be reported to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (online). Here) or by calling 911.