Eight shots fired after Clay Street argument|[7/22/05]

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 22, 2005

An argument resulted in gunfire on Clay Street at the height of evening traffic Thursday, and police were looking for a Vicksburg man they say fired eight shots – and missed eight times.

A warrant has been issued for Tremaine Donte Williams, 21, 1900 Baldwin Ferry Road Apt. 6B, police Capt. Mark Culbertson said.

Williams is accused of arguing with and then firing at a 36-year-old resident of Clay Street and then fleeing on foot from the Clay and First North intersection, leaving his green Oldsmobile sedan at the scene.

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The vehicle was towed by police, Culbertson said, adding that Williams, whose apartment was searched, may be driving a black Chevrolet El Camino.

The warrant charges him with attempted aggravated assault. Williams also has nine previous arrests on various misdemeanor and felony charges, Culbertson said. The reason for the argument was not known or not disclosed, nor was the type of weapon identified.

This gunfire, reported at 5:39 p.m., came just days after a fatal drive-by shooting last weekend outside the Elks Lodge on Walnut Street.

Although no one was hurt Thursday, Chief of Police Tommy Moffett was planning heightened patrols.

“We are handcuffed by the Legislature on this; the law that allows people to have guns in their cars. It makes it very difficult on police,” Moffett said.

“In the next week, definitely, we will step up patrols on street corners where people hang around,” Moffett said.