UPDATE: Deadly shooting at McRae Apartments, names released

Published 5:48 pm Friday, March 6, 2009

By By Adam Prestridge
Officers with the Atmore Police Department continued Friday morning their investigation into the events that led up to a deadly shooting that occurred Thursday night, and their search for the shooter.
According to Public Safety Director Glenn Carlee, 44-year-old Ferrell "Bishop" Ferna Perdue used a small bicycle to bust the window of a first-floor apartment in the "C" building at McRae Apartments, entered armed with a long-barrell shotgun and began shooting at will just after 10 p.m.
Investigators say 19-year-old Marquetta Washington was declared dead at the scene. She was found in her bedroom with multiple gunshot wounds at close range.
Carlee said the victim's mother, Alice Evans, who rented the apartment located at 607 McRae Street, Apt. C-2, had been in a relationship with the shooter and added that it appeared the shooting was part of an ongoing domestic dispute. Evans was in the apartment at the time of the shooting, but was able to escape through the same window Perdue had broken.
Atmore Ambulance rushed one victim, 26-year-old Tony Hudson, to Atmore Community Hospital with numerous gunshot wounds including a severe injury to one of his arms. Carlee said the man was transported to USA Medical Center in Mobile for further treatment. He was found in the living/dining room area.
Officers are currently searching for Perdue who made a get-away driving a gray or silver Dodge Charger. Additional Escambia County police departments as well as the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office have been notified to assist in the search of the vehicle.
Deputies with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office and officers with the Poarch Police Department aided Atmore Police Department with crowd control at ACH. The Alabama Bureau of Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigations sent agents to assist with the crime scene.
Investigators will meet with District Attorney Steve Billy today to obtain Felony warrants on Perdue.
Anyone who knows the location of Ferrell Perdue should contact the Atmore Police Department at 251-368-9141 or your local law enforcement agency.
For more on this story, visit www.atmoreadvance.com and Sunday's Atmore Advance.

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