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Violence Mars Christmas

*Updated 7:15 p.m. – 12-25

Dec. 25, 2007 – Two men are dead and four injured after a Christmas morning shooting spree near John F. Kennedy housing community's building No.5.
Police Chief Thomas Hannah said early Tuesday afternoon police aren't sure if the incident, which occurred at 1:26 a.m. near the playground , was related to an earlier robbery. He did say several suspects are in custody including one police officer who was being interrogated relative to the incident. Another 17-year-old suspect had been arrested – after a traffic stop a few hours later – and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. "He had a shotgun," Hannah said.
Hannah said
The unidentified youth was being held at St. Croix's Youth Rehabilitation Center.
Hannah initially could not identify the deceased.
A press release issued Tuesday night identified the 18-year-old male who died at the scene, as Allen Burke, of Anna's Hope; the other a 33-year-old man who died at the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital was later identified as Kennyetta McIntosh of No. 6 East Street, Christiansted.
The other four victims sustained various gunshot wounds, Hannah said.
All four, who were not identified, had been treated and released from the hospital by Tuesday night.
“We have gathered evidence that suggest a gambling game was underway when the fracas broke out which left these two persons dead.” Hannah said spent ammunition casings from three different types of weapons were recovered from the scene. Police suspect up to 30 rounds of ammunition were discharged.
Hannah lamented the incident saying an initiative begun Sunday to get some of the violent criminals off the street had netted 10 arrests – one for attempted murder. "We were doing so well until unfortunately this occurred," he said referring to the Christmas morning rampage.
Another incident at Building H at the Croixville housing community marred Christmas Eve.
A 16-year-old was shot in the lower back at 9 p.m. Monday, Hannah said. A suspect in that incident was arrested within minutes.
A stabbing incident on St. Thomas left one young man dead. Hannah could not provide details on that incident which reportedly occurred at a party at Coral World.
"We are doing everything humanly possible to make sure this Christmas is safe," Hannah said, commenting that it was unfortunate that Christmas had to be besmirched by violence.

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