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Police Arrest Second Suspect in Ballpark Shooting

Rakem Hendrickson has been charged in the May 21 shootout at Canegata ballpark.St. Croix Police on Wednesday arrested 18-year-old Rakem Hendrickson and charged him with being the second shooter in the Canegata Ballpark gun battle that left three innocent bystanders injured last month.
Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives executed a search warrant and arrested Hendrickson, also known as “Kimby,” at about 6 a.m. Wednesday. Eyewitnesses positively identified him as the second shooter, police say.
The evening of May 21 was a quiet Friday near the Christiansted ballpark, where a sporting event was going on. But at about 8:12 p.m. gunfire erupted between two young men, injuring three passersby.
The injured included a 12-year-old girl who was shot in her shoulder, a 43-year-old woman shot in her hip, and a man in his 40s who was grazed by a stray bullet in his back and arm. All three were treated and released from the Juan F. Luis Hospital.
Upon being arrested, Hendrickson was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree assault, unauthorized possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence and failure to report a firearm obtained outside or brought into the territory. The German-born Hendrickson is being held in jail until his arraignment, at which time the court will determine his status.
The first alleged shooter, a 17-year-old resident of the JFK housing community (who cannot be identified because he is a minor), was arrested about four hours after the May 21 incident. He had received a gunshot wound to his hand, which police say he received during the shootout.
Police said at the time of the shooting the minor was already on house arrest by order of V.I. Superior Court for a 2009 shooting for which he is presently awaiting trial.
The 17-year-old faces three charges for the ballpark shooting: assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, and possession of a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime of violence.

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