Three from Vicksburg charged in killing in Yazoo

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 25, 2005

[1/25/05]Murder charges have been filed against three Vicksburg men following the shooting death of a woman at a Yazoo City club early Sunday morning.

Yazoo City Police Chief Michael Wallace said more arrests are likely and current charges could be changed as more witnesses come forward with information about the fight authorities believe may have involved more than 100 people.

In addition to the shooting death, several people were injured by gunfire and knives

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“This was very serious … a lot of people were shooting in every direction,” Wallace said.

Allen White, 22; Jermaine Williams, no age; and Thomas Tubbs Jr., 21, all of Vicksburg, have been charged in the shooting death of Alicia Turner, 23, of Yazoo City. A second person was also shot during the fight and was treated at a local hospital.

Police say the fight broke out shortly after midnight at Chocolate City, a club on Mississippi 3. It spilled into the parking lot, where several people were also reportedly cut or stabbed with knives.

Wallace said Yazoo police are interviewing witnesses as they come forward, but so far no one has speculated about what started the brawl.

“Who knows what started it,” Wallace said. “It could have been somebody stepping on somebody’s toe or bumping into somebody on the dance floor.”

White was picked up by Warren County authorities around 8 p.m. Sunday at Circle Lake Apartments, 1950 Hope St., and was being held on a $100,000 bond at the Yazoo County Detention Center.

Tubbs surrendered to Yazoo County authorities, and Williams was arrested Monday in Jefferson County. Authorities said they had no addresses for Tubbs or Williams.

Both were also in the Yazoo detention center, awaiting bond hearings.

Police have said Turner was not involved in the fights, but was attempting to seek cover from gunfire behind a parked car when she was shot. She was pronounced dead around 1:43 a.m. Sunday at an area hospital.

She was the mother of three children ages 4, 2, and a newborn boy.