Police have identified the man who was shot and killed in Huntums Ghut Sunday night as 34-year-old Dominica native, Erran Charles.
While bringing some clarity on the shooting, law enforcers said the second gunshot victim is a 17-year-old. The teen remains in stable condition at Peebles Hospital.
Charles’ murder, in the meantime, is the first for the BVI for the year and police say investigations are ongoing.
“At this time, details surrounding the circumstances in this incident are limited. Police continue to interview persons, therefore witnesses to this incident are being asked to contact the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Major Crime Team at (284)368-9342,” police said in a media release Monday afternoon.
The RVIPF further assured that an increased number of armed officers has been deployed to police the territory’s streets since the start of the year.
It said these armed offices conduct routine evening and overnight patrols, ‘particularly around large gatherings and hotspot areas’.
“While police cannot prevent every premeditated act, our objective is to make life difficult for opportunists to carry out random criminal acts,” Deputy Commissioner Alwin James commented.
He further noted the importance of the public assisting police with information on crimes.