“Former Employee Allegedly Kills Two Employees at Harvey Shipyard: Nakie James Brown and Dustin Parrie Jr.”

By | July 18, 2023



On July 17th, tragedy struck at the FMT Shipyard in Harvey, Louisiana, when a former employee entered the facility and shot and killed two workers. The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Willis Thomas Jr., had been fired from the shipyard just a week prior to the incident.

The shooting occurred during a regular workday, turning the shipyard into a horror scene for the employees. Other workers on-site were sent into lockdown for several hours, fearing for their safety as they were unsure of the shooter’s whereabouts.

Marco Pina, one of the employees present during the incident, described the chaos and fear that ensued. He mentioned that everyone was screaming and trying to escape the boat, as they didn’t know where the shooter was. Pina speculated that the gunman may have been holding a grudge against the company.

After receiving a tip that the suspect was in his mother’s vehicle, deputies located him at the St. Germaine Apartment Homes. When confronted by the Jefferson Parish SWAT team, the suspect attempted to flee while exchanging gunfire with the deputies. He was ultimately shot and killed.

Investigations are ongoing, and authorities do not believe the suspect’s mother was aware of her son’s involvement in the shooting. Thankfully, no other injuries were reported.

The deceased employees were identified as Nakie James Brown, 48, and Dustin Parrie Jr., 20. The shipyard shooting has left the entire community in shock and mourning.


As this is a developing story, more information will be provided as it becomes available. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of workplace safety and the devastating consequences that can arise from unresolved conflicts..