NASHVILLE — The Nashville Police Department has identified the victim of a homicide that occurred Thursday morning in the town.
According to a press release sent out Thursday afternoon by the Nashville Police Department, Nashville police were dispatched about 5:44 a.m. to the Oak Tree apartment complex at 1847 S. First St. in Nashville. They were told that a shooting had “just occurred,” though police suspect the shooting took place closer to 5:30 a.m.
When officers and EMS workers arrived at the scene, they found Marquis Perry, 27, dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Perry was a resident of an apartment in the complex, police said.
The victim’s girlfriend and 12-year-old child were also present at the time of the incident, Nashville police said. Upon arrival, officers found the victim’s girlfriend bound with zip ties on her wrists. She and her daughter were not physically harmed, according to the release,
“Investigators with the Nashville Police Department and surrounding agencies responded to the scene and are actively investigating. The Nashville Police Department, with the assistance of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office and the Rocky Mount Police Department, is currently processing the crime scene. These agencies, as well as all of the first responders, continue to be a tremendous help in the investigation,” Nashville police Capt. J.T. Winstead II said in the release.
In an interview Thursday morning, Nashville Police Chief Anthony Puckett said an armed gunman made entry into an apartment in what Puckett described as “a home invasion that resulted in a homicide.”
The press release stated that “investigators believe that it was an armed robbery that turned fatal. Investigators are continuing to work around the clock investigating leads.”
“We do not see a threat to public safety and both Nash Central Middle School and Nashville Elementary School have been notified,” Puckett said in an earlier interview
Winstead said Thursday morning that the incident is still under investigation, but the public should not be concerned.
“We feel like this was an isolated incident,” Winstead said. “The victim and the perpetrator were known to one another.”
Nashville police are appealing to residents to help with the investigation if they have any pertinent information.
“This is a tragedy for the family and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family,” Winstead said in the release. “Please, if you have any information, we request that you call Sgt. Shockley at 252-903-8166 or the police department at 252-459-4545 or you can call the Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 with any information that will help to resolve this tragic crime. You can remain anonymous.”