Investigators suspect that this morning’s double-murder was a drive-by shooting.
Police Commissioner Michael Matthews gave the disclosure while releasing the names of the murder victims.
“The victims are Michael Stevens and Clevaughn Sweeney who were found in a vehicle riddled with bullet holes,” the Commissioner told BVI News in an exclusive interview after the shooting.
He said the additional United Kingdom detectives currently in the territory are working alongside local investigators to solve today’s murders.
Commissioner Matthews also said the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is ‘increasing its firearm response in line with security needs of the territory’.
However, Matthews said police cannot solve the murders on their own.
“We have to break this cycle of violence that will only continue to take the lives of our young people. Resorting to gun violence seems to be the first response for some of our young people and this is a problem we face as a society. The police cannot prevent such an issue alone this requires a change in the mindset of people here and cooperation,” Matthews said.
“I appeal to community leaders and representatives to engage in particular the younger members of their communities and assist to get the message across.”
He continued: “I am saddened and sickened by these continued senseless killings… My team will do everything possible to bring these killers to justice.”
Today’s double murder is second of its kind in just over two months, and the second reported shooting this week.
The men were gunned down near the Althea Scatliffe Primary School and the Red Cross building in Road Town.
Police investigations are ongoing.
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