The V.I. Police Department is seeking three suspects in a shooting that led to two deaths and left another man injured Monday evening in the Water Gut area of Christiansted.
The VIPD issued an all-points bulletin for Noel Boyd of Lorraine Village, who allegedly was accompanied by Kareem Williams, also known as “Little Click,” and another male individual with a bald head. The APB was later canceled.
Relatives identified the two slain men as brothers 33-year old Kayan Payne and 29-year-old Kanta Payne of Estate Grove Place. The third victim was identified as Harold Willock Jr., who sustained a gunshot wound to his foot. The two deaths were the fourth and fifth homicides on St. Croix since the beginning of the year, bringing the territory’s homicide total for the year to 14.
According to police, the 911 center dispatched officers to a report of gunfire in the vicinity of the Harmony Grocery Store in the Water Gut area at about 5:14 p.m. Monday. At the scene, officers found two men lying lifeless on the ground. Emergency medical technicians pronounced the victims dead. The 911 center notified officers that a third gunshot victim that had been shot in his foot was transported to the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital where he received medical treatment.
Preliminary information revealed that the victims were playing dominoes in the vicinity of the Harmony Grocery Store when a man sitting in a red SUV backed up towards the victims, got out of the vehicle and started shooting.
The suspect then fled the area in the vehicle.
Police asked anyone with information regarding the incident to call the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-712-6024 or 340-712-6037, the 911 emergency call center, or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477.