ST. THOMAS — Police have identified a man found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in Coki Point late Thursday.
Police responding to a 911 call of gunfire about 8:57 p.m. found 27-year-old Clement King III lying unresponsive in the roadway near the Coki Point feed store, according to spokesman Glen Dratte.
Police have no suspects and have made no arrests in the shooting, which is being investigated as a homicide, Dratte said.
Next of kin positively identified King, Dratte said.
The apparent murder represents the 16th homicide in the territory this year, and the ninth on St. Thomas, including one vehicular homicide. Police have reported seven homicides on St. Croix so far this year.
At the current pace of homicides, the territory would tally about 37 homicides by New Year’s Eve. That would represent a decrease of about seven homicides, or 16%, in the territory’s overall homicide count, and mark the third straight year of decline after police reported 51 homicides in 2016, 50 homicides in 2017 and 44 homicides in 2018.
The territory routinely reports homicide rates higher than any state or territory in the union, though select cities have higher murder rates.
Murder rates exclude vehicular homicides, according to FBI statistics.
Police arrested King, then 19, in December 2011 on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and attempted burglary, according to police.
Police again arrested King in March 2012, and charged him with possession of an unlicensed firearm after a witness reported him to police. King was found with a .380-caliber Diamondback pistol in his back pocket loaded with six hollow-point bullets, while he had a pending criminal case against him at the time.
The gun King was carrying was reported stolen from an Estate Frydendal residence following a March 15, 2012, burglary, according to police.
Police next arrested King in April 2013 after they responded to a robbery in Estate Smith Bay. Police charged King with grand larceny, first-degree assault and second-degree robbery in that case.
Police arrested King again in September 2015 and charged him with third-degree burglary.
Anyone with information about King’s death can call the police department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211 ext. 5569, 340-714-9830, the V.I. Police Commissioner’s office at 340-715-5506 or 911. Information may also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI by phone at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppersvi.org.