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Two Arrested in Laundromat Shooting

Two men were arrested Tuesday after exchanging gunshots near Kilroys Laundry and Dry Cleaning in Cruz Bay, the Virgin Islands Police Department reported

No one was injured, although police noted several people were in the area at the time. The shooting happened around 3 p.m. and less than five hours later police located and arrested the suspects.

Police arrested Aswad Pickering, age 25, of Estate Enighed, and 24-year-old Arthur Hercules, of Estate Carolina, at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and charged them with possession of an unlicensed firearm, illegal discharge of a firearm and third degree assault.

According to the police report, shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, citizens reported two persons were shooting at each other near the laundromat. The suspects fled the scene before police arrived. Police questioned witnesses in the vicinity and based on their descriptions of the suspects and the reports of ongoing feuds between the suspects, police searched several locations they were known to frequent.

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The suspects were eventually located in Estate Pine Peace and arrested without incident.

Bail for Pickering and Hercules was set at $60,000 each and they were remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending further court action.

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