Police are continuing to look for 20-year-old Antonio “Soda” Gooding in reference to a homicide that occurred on June 6 at Coki Point Beach.
Police first issued a call on Jan. 8 for public help in finding Gooding, but in a news release Wednesday they said the photo they had sent at the time was the wrong man.
“The VIPD would like to sincerely apologize to the individual in the photograph, to his family and to the community for submitting incorrect information,” the news release said.
Gooding is a black male, standing six feet tall and weighing 130 pounds.
The VIPD asked anyone who knows Gooding’s whereabouts to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211 ext. 5554 or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477.
On June 7, VIPD reported that the victim of the June 6 Coki Point homicide was identified by next of kin as 27-year-old Clement Alturo King III. According to police, at about 8:57 p.m. the 911 call center received a report of shots fired in the Coki Point area. The caller said a person might have been shot.
Units from the Mariel C. Newton Command and units from the Criminal Investigation Bureau traveled to Coki Point, where the body of an unresponsive male, later identified as King, was discovered in the roadway near the “Feed Shop.”
The man appeared to have sustained multiple gunshot wounds about his body. Emergency Medical Technicians were on scene and concluded that King did not have any vital signs.