Sept. 4, 2005 One man is dead and a second is in critical condition from gun shot wounds sustained in an early-morning attack at the Amigos Service Station in Estate Campo Rico.
Police reported late Saturday night they had received a call at 1:01 a.m. Saturday about gunshots in the area of the station.
When police arrived on the scene they found 18-year-old Angel Bermudez Delgado, of Estate Carlton, dead from several gun shot wounds.
Juan Luis Berrios, 22, of Estate Whim also sustained gun shot wounds, and is said to be in critical condition after undergoing surgery at the Juan Luis Hospital, according to Novelle Francis Jr., territorial Police Chief.
A preliminary investigation established that the victims arrived at the station in a Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck being driven by Berrios. The truck was parked facing east on the south side of an ice storage shed located between the center gas pumps, according to a release from the Police Department.
Reportedly another light-colored vehicle pulled into the station, stopping in front of the Toyota pick-up. "An individual or individuals exited the vehicle firing shots at the victims, chasing them to the northern side of the ice cooler where the victims were found," the release said.
Police said they are "following some leads into this investigation and appealing to the general public to call us with any information that may assist in the investigation of this case."
According to Francis, the two men were at a bar in the Frederiksted area before the shooting and had gotten into an argument with some other patrons at the bar. Berrios and Delgado left the bar along with another individual, who Francis said was one of the victim's father, and were followed to the service station area and shot.
The motive was unclear, Francis said on Saturday, but "it could be connected to the argument at the bar earlier in the night."
The third individual who was with the Delgado and Berrios was not injured.
The suspects are described as Hispanic males, one was wearing braids at the time of the shooting, Francis said.
This is St. Croix's 15th homicide of the year, the territory's 29th. At the same time last year St. Croix had logged 14 homicides and there had been 22 homicides in the territory.
Anyone with information on this homicide is asked to call 778-2211, extension 6031 or 6037, or the Investigation Bureau at 778-4950 at 911 or any of the substations; the Ancilmo Marshall Command number is 773-2530, the Ann Schrader Command is 778-9759, and the Wilbur Francis Command is 712-6063.
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