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Third Killing In a Week on St. Thomas

Oct. 2, 2004 – St. Thomas chalked up its third killing of the week Friday night when a 32-year-old man was shot and killed during a fight at virtually the same spot where another murder took place a week ago. Police patrol units, homicide detectives and forensics agents all scurried to the scene on Goat Street near Prindsens Gade around 8 p.m. Friday after residents reported hearing a single gun shot fired. En route to the scene, an ambulance intercepted the victim who was transported to the Roy L. Schneider Hospital and pronounced dead at 8:25 p.m.
Police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Hannah identified the victim late Friday night as Orville Ambrose, a resident of St. Thomas. Hannah said Ambrose was sitting on the steps of a bar on Goat Street when another man approached; a fight ensued and a single shot was fired. After being shot Ambrose began running towards the Criminal Justice Complex on Hospital Line.
The shooting occurred in an area where there was much activity Friday night. At the Lionel Roberts Stadium, just to the north of Goat Street, a big crowd was in attendance at a high school football game. There were also political events at three sites in proximity to the shooting.
Hannah declined to say whether the fatal shooting was connected to the shooting death on Sept. 25 of Tamra Etienne. Etienne, a resident of William's Delight, St. Croix, who had been on St. Thomas for about a week, was shot and killed on Goat Street in broad daylight.
The investigation into both murders continue as well as into the death of 4-year-old Leon Bowery who was killed on Monday night when an unknown gunman opened fire on the sports utility Bowery was sitting in. The shooting, at the Michael Kirwan Terrace housing community, also injured Bowery's 7-year-old brother and 26-year-old Clement Connor Jr.
Police have no suspects, no motive and no murder weapon in any of the three homicide cases. Authorities appealed to the community once again on Friday for anyone with information to contact the emergency number 911 or the Major Crime Unit at 774-2211.

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