March 2, 2021
Another fatal shooting took place on the St. Croix on Tuesday morning, in the Estate Carlton community.
Police received the call of the shooting from an adult male, around 11:17, who reported that he was shot in his residence.
The victim died at the Juan F. Luis Hospital and has been identified as 38-year-old Ian Benjamin, Sr.
A motive for the killing has not yet been determined.
Tuesdays shooting brings the number of killings on the big island to 8 in just 5 days.
A series of shootings have occurred since the shooting of Kevin Jerome on Friday while he was traveling to work, in broad daylight on Main Street, Williams Delight.
on Saturday night, a La Grange woman was shot and killed in her home by mask gunmen. police have said the killings don't appear to relate.
Also, on Saturday night, a shooting between two gangs took occurred outside the Corner Pocket Night Club in Villa La Reine. Several people were injured, one died on the scene, and we have now learned that a young man was in critical condition has died from his injuries.
Then, just after midnight on Sunday unknown assailants opened fire on a group of people at the vegetable market in Frederiksted, where a birthday party was being held. Two individuals died and several others were injured.
On Sunday morning another young man was shot and killed in Mon Bijou.
Detectives are urging anyone who saw something to say something to police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477. Your tip leading to an arrest can earn you a reward.