One man was killed and another injured Saturday night at the Frenchtown Fish Market, near the scene of an anti-crime rally that took place at the Joseph Aubain Ballpark in Frenchtown.
Late Sunday the V.I. Police Department identified the deceased victim as 27-year-old Andre Christian. A second victim, age 21, is in critical but stable condition according to detectives. Both victims were shot multiple times.
According to the report, police were dispatched to the Frenchtown Fish Market at about 11:25 p.m. Saturday. Emergency medical technicians on the scene found one victim unresponsive and a second victim injured.
It was the 11th homicide on St. Thomas since the beginning of the year, the 25th in the territory.
Christian was taken by ambulance to the Schneider Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The second victim was taken to the hospital by private vehicle and treated by the medical staff.
According to the preliminary investigation, police said shots were fired when an argument ensued among several people during an alleged gambling game. The Major Crime detectives continue to actively investigate this case.
The killing coincided tragically with the annual Night Out Against Drugs, Crime and Violence event held that night at the ballpark.
Frenchtown was packed for the event, which mostly draws local teenagers and their families and is supposed to provide a safe space for them to hang out, listen to music, and get more information on community programs and services.
Before Saturday’s event – and the homicide that occurred in the vicinity – organizer Flemon Lewis had described the Night Out as a safe place for young people.
The Source was unable to contact Lewis after the shooting.
The Night Out event started 26 years ago as a small community effort that has continued to grow. The Night Out committee receives $30,000 each year from the Justice Assistance Grant for the event. All performers and vendors volunteer.
Editor’s note: This story was edited to update with information provided by the V.I. Police Department.