A St. Croix man was shot and killed while he was driving home, the V.I. Police Department reported Sunday.
Around 4 a.m. Sunday the Shot Spotter system provided notice that shots were fired at the Williams Delight Intersection on Melvin Evans Highway and a citizen reported a gunshot wound victim, according to the police report.
The victim was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital Emergency Room via ambulance, where he succumbed to his injuries. Next of kin identified him as 27-year-old Deshawn Demetrius Williams, the police report stated.
An investigation revealed that Williams was on his way home when he was accosted by an unknown assailant(s) who discharged multiple shots at him while he was driving on the Melvin Evans Highway to his residence in Williams Delight, the report stated.
Williams’ death marks St. Croix’s 13th homicide of the year and brings the territory’s total to 26 since the start of 2023, according to the Source Homicide List.*
Investigation into this case continues and the Criminal Investigation Bureau is seeking any information regarding Williams’ activities during the night. Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to call the CIB Tipline at 340-778-4850, 911, or Crime Stoppers V.I. at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
*The Source Homicide List is a chronological log of the homicides recorded in 2023 in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as reported by the VIPD. Cases are broken down by island. While this listing is based on VIPD reports, the Source does not include suicides or vehicular homicides in its listing, which the police and some other media do. This can lead to a discrepancy in the number of incidents reported.