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VIPD: Shooting In Contant Leaves One St. Thomas Man Dead On Friday

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A shooting in Contant left one self-employed electrician dead in St. Thomas on Friday evening, authorities said. A suspect remains at large.

Ferdinand N. Marshall, 46, was identified by police as the shooting victim, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Officers worked long into the night to locate the perpetrator, who was not found,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Ferdinand Marshall’s Facebook profile picture.

Police were notified of a shooting in Contant about 7:22 p.m. Friday by the 911 Emergency Call Center.

“Officers arrived at the scene and observed an unresponsive black male lying face up.” Derima said.

Emergency Medical Technicians arrived on the scene and pronounced Marshall dead.

Marshall said on social media that he was a self-employed electrician who used to work at Foy Industrial Electric Corp.

He said he attended Charlotte Amalie High School in St. Thomas and was living in New Orleans, Louisiana.

At least 1,988 people have read this article at the Virgin Islands Free Press’ Facebook platform today.

This case is presently under investigation by the Major Crime Unit.

Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 ext. 5606, or the paying anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477.

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John McCarthy

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 40 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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