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Friday, July 19, 2024


St. Thomas police investigators have no suspects, no motive and have not recovered the gun used in a fatal drive-by shooting reported early Tuesday morning.
According to Deputy Police Chief Theodore Carty, killed in the gunfire was Pierre Leopold Magras, Jr. Magras died at the hospital of gunshot wounds to the stomach, leg and upper thigh.
A second man, Edwin Lake, was shot in the hand and upper arm and was hospitalized in fair condition.
Major Crime Unit investigators of the V.I. Police Department were called out to the Cage Bar and Restaurant on Lower Kronprindsens Gade around midnight after residents of the area reported the shooting. The bar at No. 1 Annas Fancy is referred to locally as "fireman's bar."
According to Carty, Magras and Lake were among others inside the bar — located diagonally across from the V.I. Telephone Corp. central office near Western Cemetery — when gunshots in rapid succession rang out around 12:17 a.m. and occupants dropped to the floor.
Area residents told the Source early Tuesday they were awakened by the sounds of at least a half-dozen shots. They believe the shooting occurred as a vehicle traveled north from the main road adjacent to the cemetery, fired on the bar and sped away on a narrow, winding road that intersects with the Solberg road.
Tuesday's homicide was the eighth for St. Thomas and the territory's 12th for the year. By the end of September 1999 the territory had tallied 17 homicides, 11 on St. Thomas.
When police formally comment on the shooting, officials are expected to appeal for assistance in solving the crime. Persons having any information can contact investigators at 774-2196 or 774-4050 or call the confidential crime line at 777-8711, or 911.

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