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Third Suspect In 1st Stop Gas Station Shooting Turns Himself In To Police Today

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A third suspect in the 1st Stop Gas Station shooting of a local marshal in Estate Thomas has turned himself in to police without incident.

James “Gogettah” Nathaniel, 22, of St. Thomas turned himself in to the Richard N. Callwood Command about 11:32 a.m. today, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Nathaniel was arrested and charged with first-degree assault, third-degree assault, reckless endangerment, possession of an unlicensed firearm during the commission of a crime and brandishing-exhibiting a firearm, according to the VIPD.

Bail for Nathaniel was set at $75,000.00. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections Detention Center. 

On May 7, 2019 at approximately 12:42 am., the 911 Emergency Communication Center received a call that multiple shots were being fired in the area of First Stop Gas Station.

Several moments later, 911 Emergency Communication Center received another call that two people were shot and was taken to the Schneider Regional Medical Center, at which time it was discovered that a Superior Court Marshal was one of the victims.

The accused, James Nathaniel, was seen at the entrance to 1st Stop Gas Station & Convenience Store getting into a verbal altercation with another male. 

“The verbal altercation got heated and lead to a gun battle between parties. Mr. Nathaniel is seen on surveillance removing a black firearm from his waistband area and also firing a firearm at another individual during the gun battle,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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