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One Man Killed, Another Wounded in Ambush


August 9, 2004 – The V.I. Police Department, a little after midnight Saturday, responded to reports of gunshots being fired in the Nacasio Nico Housing Community.
According to a press release, when officers arrived near building 4, they found two males lying on the ground injured and covered in blood.
Victims of what appeared to be an ambush type of shooting were Ricardo Ayala, an 18 year-old male resident of the Candido Guadalupe Housing Community, and Jamal Chapman, a 21-year-old male resident of Estate St. John. They had suffered multiple gunshots wounds. The two were transported by ambulance to the Juan F. Luis Hospital.
The police report said Ayala was admitted with serious wounds and taken to surgery. Chapman, however, succumbed to the gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead by the emergency room physician. This incident is listed as a homicide.
Police are continuing the investigation, but as of Sunday night had not established a motive, nor found any weapons.
Police Commissioner Elton Lewis and Territorial Chief Novelle Francis, in the press release, appealed to the public to come forward with information concerning this and other incidents. To contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau in St. Croix call 778-2211, Extension 4531, 4535 or 911 and in St. Thomas at 715-5522 or Major Crime Unit at 715-5546, 715-5534 or 911. Any information given will be held in confidence.
In another incident that occurred a little before midnight Saturday, police officers responded to a report of a break-in at a residence in Estate East Southgate and the possible shooting of an intruder.
According to released information, officers arrived at the residence and were informed by a 53-year-old female that she had been awakened by sound coming from the living room, and, after retrieving her licensed firearm, went to investigate. She told police that she found the curtains blowing in the breeze at one of the windows and the window screen on a chair. She said before she went to bed she made sure all doors and windows were locked and secured.
The victim told the officers she continued to check the house and found a black male in the home, who then picked-up a paint can and threw it at her, as she fired a shot at him. The suspect then ran from the premises. She added that she waited a few moments before checking again. She found a trail of what appeared to be blood leading from the house.
While the victim was being interviewed, other officers located a black male at the security area with a possible gunshot wound.
According to the police release, he was taken to the Juan F. Luis Hospital by ambulance and is being detained at the hospital under police custody. This matter is listed as a burglary in the first degree and remains under investigation.
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