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Murder Suspect Arrested in Overnight Shooting

Oct. 2, 2006 — Police arrested a 24-year-old man Monday afternoon and charged him in the nighttime shooting death of a teenager near Four Winds Plaza.
Jamal "Shaggy" Arthur of Estate Nadir was arrested at 2:37 p.m. and charged with first-degree murder, Sgt. Thomas Hannah said Monday evening.
The victim, 19-year-old Shakif Alexander, died about 1:07 a.m. Monday from multiple gunshot wounds to the body after he was rushed to Schneider Hospital.
Officers assigned to the Four Winds police substation heard a single gunshot fired in the area of the On the Run gas station, Police Spokeswoman Shawna Richards said in statement based on preliminary reports and released before Arthur's arrest. That statement listed the time of the shooting as 1:07 a.m.
Officers responding to the scene discovered a black male lying on the ground, Richards said.
The victim, who was bleeding from the chest and mouth, was rushed to Schneider Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
"Police are investigating reports that Mr. Alexander was allegedly involved in a robbery and may have been shot in retaliation," Richards said in a released statement.
According to Hannah, Arthur's arrest "brings this matter to a partial close." Police are still investigating the shooting, he said, thanking residents who contacted police with information leading to Arthur's apprehension and arrest.
"As the community works with us by providing information related to criminal incidents, we're able to make arrests quickly," he said.
Alexander is the second man killed on St. Thomas in a week and the 18th murder on the island so far this year. To date, 32 murders have occurred territory wide.
The last killing happened just before midnight Sept. 25 when 20-year-old Kendahl Braithwaite sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his body in lower Kronprindsens Gade.
Police said then that Braithwaite was alive when officers responded. He was rushed to Schneider Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery but died about 4 a.m. the following day.
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