Police are searching for a suspect in a shooting that occurred on Friday in Little Apple Bay.

The police described the suspect as being dressed in all black with a hoodie and a mask covering his face, between 5 feet 11 inches and 6 feet 2 inches in height, and slim built.

A man was in his car around 1 a.m. in Little Apple Bay when he was approached by a masked gunman, according to police. The victim was assaulted, resulting in a struggle, and then he was shot, police stated in a press release.

The gunman then fled the scene. Nothing was taken in the incident and the injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

Deputy Police Commissioner Alwin James said police have been doing their best to seize illegal firearms and to arrest those who carry them.

“Just last week we arrested two more persons, a male and female, on firearm offences after a lengthy
investigation,” he said. “It is a persistent fight to keep firearms off the streets; we could be more successful with the public’s help.”

Last week, Shakeem Blackmore of Huntums Ghut and Shundi Niles of Sea Cows Bay were formally charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition, stemming from a weapon uncovered during a vehicle search last year, the press release stated.

Anyone with information that can help police identify someone in possession of a firearm is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Department of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force at 311.