TORTOLA — The British Virgin Islands recorded its second homicide of the year when a businessman was gunned down Thursday night near a Huntums Ghut gas station in what witnesses told police was a drive-by shooting.

The deceased was identified as 30-year-old Le’Shaughn Smith, the owner of trucking, car rental and boating businesses.

The shooting occurred around 10 p.m. Thursday night, according to Diane Drayton, spokesperson for the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force.

“Victim was pronounced dead on arrival at Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital,” she said, adding “no further information can be released at this time.”

Kye Rymer, Fifth District Representative, decried the killing, noting in an online post that “the violence in the community deeply saddens me.”

“Gun violence must stop. My heart is heavy, another cold and senseless murder,” Rymer wrote. “I pray for our young men to put down the guns and find other ways to resolve conflict.”

He indicated that those who know something should say something.

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