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UPDATE: Woman shot in Sunday’s armed robbery dies

(This story was updated 6:45 pm Monday, April 19, 2021)

The woman who was shot during Sunday’s shooting in Paraquita Bay has died.

The Police Information Unit confirmed her death to BVI News moments ago.

By our news centre’s tally, this brings the territory’s total murders for 2021 to five.

“Officers continue to follow a number of leads into robbery,” the police stated in the meantime.

More information to be provided as it becomes available.

Previously Published Story

The woman injured during a shooting incident at Parquita Bay Sunday night (April 18) is in critical condition.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police (RVIPF) said the woman — who’s identity has not been officially made public — was the victim of an armed robbery.

The incident reportedly happened at her residence.

“Initial reports indicate that a local businesswoman arrived home at Paraquita Bay around 7:30 pm with her day’s proceeds. Upon exiting her vehicle, she heard the voice of male demanding money. The mother of the businesswoman, who was at home at the time, heard a noise outside and attempted to exit the house and was shot,” the RVIPF reported.

She is now being treated at hospital. It is not clear where she sustained the gunshot wounds.

Meanwhile, no one else was injured during the incident but the “assailant or assailants” made off with a bag containing an unspecified sum of money.

The police are now appealing to anyone who may have information into the identity of the perpetrator or perpetrators to contact the Major Crime Team at 284-368- 5682 OR the RVIPF Intelligence Unit at 284-368-9339.

“All calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence,” the RVIPF has assured.

 

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  1. The BVI says:

    I AM CALLING ON THE GOVERNOR THE PREMIER AND THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE TO HELP US RID OUR COMMUNITY OF THESE VIOLENT CRIMES. FOR THE PAST FIFTEEN YEARS THESE SCOOTER RIDERS HAVE RAKE HAVOCK ON THESE BEAUTIFUL VIRGIN ISLANDS. THE SCOOTERS ARE THE MAIN MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION USED BEFORE AND AFTER COMMITTING CRIMES. THE SCOOTERS RIDERS ARE A BIG BURDEN ON OUR HEALTH SYSTEM. EVERY WEEK THE HOSPITAL IS SEEKING BLOOD BECAUSE THE SCOOTER RIDERS HAVE DRAINED OUR BLOOD BANK.THE SCOOTERS ARE INVOLVED IN SO MANY DEATHS.SO MANY ACCIDENTS. THEY ARE CAUSING SO MUCH DAMAGE TO OTHER PEOPLE VEHICLES. SO OFTEN THEY WOULD HIT YOUR VEHICLE AND THEN RIDE OFF IN STYLE. SOMETHING HAVE TO BE DONE AND DONE NOW.NOT TOMORROW. THIS POLICE FORCE IS UNEQUIPT TO DEAL WITH THIS URGENT AND PRESSING ISSUE.IF YOU START TO MURDER OF LADIES IT MEANS THAT LAW AND ORDER IS OUT OF CONTROL. MR PREMIER I THOUGHT YOU REALLY HAD A PLAN FOR THIS BVI BUT YOU REALLY DON’T. YOU FOOLED THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY AND I USE TO THINK THAT C R J WAS JUST RUNNING HER MOUTH FOR RUNNING HER MOUTH SAKE BUT I AM PROVING HER RIGHT IN ALMOST EVERYTHING SHE SAYS. YOU NEVER HAD A PLAN.YOU WERE A GOOD OPPOSITION LEADER BUT FAR FROM A LEADER TO LEAD THIS COUNTRY. YOU AND YOUR TEAM SOME MAY HAVE MENT WELL BUT THEY GET CARRIED AWAY.MR PREMIER YOUR VISION FOR THESE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS NOT WHAT THE PEOPLE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE IMPLEMENTED. YOU ARE TRYING TO PLEASE THE MINORITY AND THIS MINORITY ARE THE ONES RAKING HAVOCK IN THESE ISLANDS. YES WE WOULD ALWAYS HAVE CRIMES BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE STATISTICS THE SCOOTER RIDERS ARE THE ONES THAT GETTING YOUR PEOPLE NERVOUS AND CLOSING THERE DOORS AT 6 PM.WE ARE SCARED TO EVEN DRIVE ON THE STREETS BECAUSE OF THESE SCOOTERS. SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THESE SCOOTERS IN THE LAST 15 YEARS ITS MAYHEM IN THESE ISLANDS. THE POLICE CAN’T CATCH THESE CRIMINALS SO WHO IS GOING TO?? MR GOVERNOR CAN YOU PLEASE HELP US WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW.WE ARE IN A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS AND ALL THE PREMIER IS TRYING TO DO IS TO MAKING US MORE WORRIED. HE IS NOW TALKING ABOUT DRAG RACING ON BEEF ISLAND.MR PREMIER WE PUT YOU THERE AND YOU AND YOUR TEAM WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO MAKE DECISIONS ON YOUR OWN. WE MUST BE INVOLVED. WE NEED TO BE SLEEPING IN OUR BEDS WITH PEACE OF MIND. NOT THE UNEASINESS THAT IS GOING ON. CAN’T YOU SEE MR PREMIER??.PASTOR JOHN CLINE PLEASE ORGANIZE A MARCH FOR THE IMMEDIATE REMOVAL AND THE IMMEDIATE HALT ON THE IMPORTATION OF ALL MOTOR SCOOTERS. I WOULD SUPPLY ALL THE WATER AND DRINKS FOR THE MARCH. PEOPLE OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT IS INCOMPETENT AND WE NEED TO STAND UP AND SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. BUSINESS PEOPLE YOU ARE NOT SAFE I FEEL YOUR PAIN OF THE UNEASINESS WHEN YOUR BUSINESS MAKE A FEW DOLLARS AND EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T MAKE ANY.ALL WE GET FOR THE PAST YRS IS TALK AND MORE TALK. PROMISES UPON PROMISES FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE. THIS MURDER OF THIS FINE LADY FROM PARAQUITA BAY AND THE MURDERER GETTING AWAY ON A MOTOR CYCLE IS THE FINAL STRAW FOR ME. DO SOMETHING NOW OR WE WILL DO IT FOR YOU . WEAK GOVERNMENT TRYING TO PLEASE A FEW TO SECURE ANOTHRR TERM.

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    • Guido says:

      Caps lock also available.

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    • David Sanguine says:

      TL;DR

    • Agree says:

      CAPS IN THIS INSTANCE IS INTENSIONALY SCREAMING FOR HELP.
      Please start by cleaning up the communities where those suspected criminals congregate such as the intersection in the Purcell area near to the One Mart.
      Please we need or community back. This community has raised some well respected individuals. We question what is going on now. It is so sad. We don’t seem to have any representation.
      Remember the what the old Sunday Morning Well was like and it was cleaned up? Please we are pleading. Do something for that area on Purcell, if nothing else.

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    • Read says:

      Yes. Why the inaction? This place is so out of control and sickening. Decent people deserve to live and work in a safe community. We elect politicians to do what is best for the society and they need to step up with some sold policy not just encouraging us to pray. There should be consequences for criminal behavior.

    • Hm says:

      Curious, when the scooters are banned and people who resort to vehicles to commit their crime,, will you be begging that cars be banned too ?

    • ??? says:

      Isn’t MAJORITY the scooter riders LOCALS …. how about raising ayo children properly then ????

  2. Fuming!!! says:

    When is the government going to put some tough measures in place to get guns off the street! And why in goodness name are the cops not out patrolling in their cars and driving through neighbourhoods and doing random traffic stops and searches to hopefully deter these criminals!! How much of a coward are you (criminals) that you would think to rob a woman and then shoot her mother!!! How would you feel if your mother got shot!! Or were you raised by wild goats!!!!

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  3. What this place is coming to says:

    I am upset, mad, angry, heartbroken that could if been my mother man. My condolences to the family. Like these man cannot be serious, this is just evil on so many levels.

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  4. @ FUMING says:

    You can fume as much as you like when the cops doing their jobs you all fighting them down and you got all the secrets so it’s a famiy affair with friends / and its bus as usual / or like who you are or who you know in other words $$$$ run TINGS

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  5. Rubber Duck says:

    The poor lady. All of our hearts go out to her.

    We need zero tolerance of crime in our country. The perpetrators are going to be people who got away with stuff all their lives. Minor crimes turn to major crimes. They ignore the law and laugh at it. They take a few drugs and nothing happens and next they are dealing in cocaine. They steal some money and nothing is done and next they are robbing at gunpoint. They ride around on illegal bikes and no one does anything and next they

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    • Rubber Duck says:

      Well who knows what they will do next.

      Come round to house and shoot you because they want your dog, your gold chain, your wife, your dinner.?

      The place is out of control.

      The governments, local and UK , do nothing.

      A disgrace that leads to tragedy after tragedy.

      Hang your heads in shame all of you.

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  6. LAWLESS says:

    I’m sorry to say this,but the BVI will no longer be a peaceful place. What is disturbing is that the government have just been sitting back and doing NOTHING. How many people have complained about the havoc the scooter riders are causing and yet the Government kept turning a blind eye. And the age of the victims of these DEMONS seem meaningless to the government…cause if you’re 8yrs old, 18yrs old or 80yrs old and you’re gunned down in the BVI, the authorities don’t care.

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    • @Lawless says:

      I agree with you! The Premier can be out fearmongering about COVID all day long but we have had 5 murders and many robberies and no address from our leader. He was on the air last Friday talking pure nonsense and here we are on the brink of a crime outbreak and NOTHING from our Premier!

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      • Oh Yeah says:

        He is on the air talking about Drag racing rink.

        I’ve yet to hear how the hell they’re going to address crime and violence and where can I view his condolences to the families and businesses?

        Utter Rubbish from the Government and Opposition.

  7. love BVI says:

    Forget shouting angrily at the police and GOV, its the people of the BVI who need to change if this is going to stop. The police can only solve crime and stop crime based on information information from the public. ok so you could say the people dont trust the police but several years ago there was a double shooting on station road, British police were brought in so no excuse note to trust them and guess what NOBODY NOBODY would talk to then period. this needs to be a culture change

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  8. THEN says:

    THE LAW ABIDING CITIZENS IS GOING TO HAVE TO POLICE THEMSELVES. I URGE EVERY LAW ABIDING CITIZEN AND BUSINESS OWNERS TO ARM THEMSELVES EVEN THOUGH IT IS ILLEGAL TO CARRY A GUN TO PROTECT THEMSELVES.

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  9. Joshua says:

    Condolences to the family. When the born here feels entitlement against police actions and the suspect from locals because of the down island police mentality the moral of the force is weakened. Whether it be the police, the prison or the hospital these professionals have to walk on egg shells because the locals can call the politicians, the politicians just put through a call to your superior and whatever action you took is deemed inappropriate.

    We don’t want to face the truth. Politicians from both parties in an effort of goodwill and to keep the votes will appease wrong doing.

    Case in point, a prisoner some while back had to attend court. He told the prison officer he not going. The officer insist he have to go. The officer left him to attend to other duties, about ten minutes after the prison received a call, will not say from who informing the supervisor that the prisoner should be excused.

    When the police are allowed to do their jobs to the from here and not from here you will see results. Until then the police the majority of them will dress in their uniforms. Fall in for duty, collect their salaries and that’s it.

    What certain people who wants to talk honestly should ask the politicians to take their knees of the necks of the police officers, prison officers and the nurses. Yes I am Joshua and I said it.

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  10. Rubber Duck says:

    People whose minor crimes are ignored , riding illegal bikes, taking drugs, skipping school, stealing a little pocket money, soon graduate to major crime ; drug running, armed robberies, casual murder.

    We need a policy of zero tolerance. Every crime should be prosecuted, no crime should be ignored. The lesson that you cannot take the law into your own hands without serious consequences should be taught, and taught young.

    This is the policy that cleaned up crime ridden New York and other places.

    We need positive action now.

  11. Secret Bear says:

    Bear with me for a second. Now, poverty alone doesn’t lead someone to rob and murder people, but let’s say this unknown perpetrator had violent tendencies but was able to hold a steady job in the meantime, pre-Covid. And let’s say hypothetically, the perpetrator of this robbery was someone who was put out of work after lockdowns and border closures ground the economy to a screeching halt and he couldn’t find a job, leaving robbery his last resort. And let’s say he didn’t intend to kill anyone but we all know people panic in such situations. And let’s say an innocent woman is dead who would still be alive if it weren’t for that chain of events starting with lockdown, which was billed to us as a “small sacrifice” to make to supposedly “save lives.” Let’s even say, for the sake of being fair, that the lockdowns did temporary save a few lives of very old, vulnerable people who were very likely near death anyway. (Even though we can’t actually prove this and probably never will).

    I ask the premier and the other powers that be: is Catherine Pickering’s life worth less because she was shot to death instead of dying of Covid?

    LOCKDOWNS KILL.

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    • True butt says:

      This place not that down yet. I don’t need to have people that act like that after 12 month a lock down. Catch a fish. A lobster. Gov $. arm robbers ain’t covid fault. She just break the drug run gang and the scum now scrambling for crumb.

  12. LILIS says:

    POLICE DONT DO NOTHING , AT ALL! TO THEM SCOOTER BIKES THEY SEE THEM AND DONT DO NOTHIN, SPECIALLY BAUGHERSBAY AEREA DANM! PLEASE SOMEBODY WILL STOP THEM AND IT WILL BE BAD! IF POLICE DONT DO THEY JOB

  13. Red shoes says:

    Need to start install camera in home on property cause that will help solve these crimes even in our car put camera

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