Bail set at $150K for man charged in Contant shooting

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ST. THOMAS - Bail was set at $150,000 for the man accused of shooting another man just outside an elementary school in Contant on Thursday afternoon.

Joshua Rojas, 24, was charged with first-degree assault; third-degree assault; reckless endangerment; and unauthorized use of a firearm and advised of his rights in V.I. Superior Court on Friday.

Rojas, who is originally from New Jersey, is accused of using a rifle to shoot the victim, a former V.I. Superior Court marshal, outside Ulla F. Muller Elementary School about 4:50 p.m., according to a witness statement in the probable cause fact sheet.

The victim had tried to interject in an argument between the suspect and another man, police said. The suspect, according to witness accounts, was walking around with a rifle, and the victim told him he should not be.

The suspect then pointed the rifle toward the victim, and another man shouted, "Bust it," prompting the suspect to shoot, according to the probable cause fact sheet.

The suspect and victim, who also had a firearm, exchanged gunfire, according to V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames.

The victim suffered a graze wound, according to officers at the scene, though the probable cause fact sheet stated that the victim was transported to Schneider Hospital via ambulance. His wound was to the right rear upper thigh.

The suspect ran from the scene, and police apprehended him shortly after the shooting.

Witnesses identified Rojas as the suspect after V.I. police arrested him and recalled Rojas approaching the another man who was near the victim.

It appeared that the victim was a bystander, and the other man was supposed to be the target, according to the probable cause fact sheet.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email

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