Vicksburg teen held, charged as adult in gunshot killing|[7/24/06]

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 24, 2006

A Vicksburg teenager was being charged as an adult following the shooting death of a man Sunday at Waltersville Estates, Sgt. Tom Wilson of the Vicksburg Police Department said.

James Morris, 16, 1655 Standard Hill Road, was arrested in the 700 block of U.S. 61 North about two hours after police said he shot Greg Jones, 29, 105 Quinola Lane, in front of an apartment building in the Kings subdivision, off North Washington Street. He was charged with murder, the city’s first of the year. Seven homicides were recorded in Vicksburg in 2005.

Jones was pronounced dead at River Region Medical Center Sunday, Warren County Deputy Coroner Larry Chisley said. An autopsy is scheduled for tonight at Mississippi Mortuary Services in Rankin County.

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&#8220It appears the death was caused by a single gunshot wound,” Chisley said.

Wilson said Morris will be charged as an adult because he &#8220committed a violent felony crime with a weapon.” He was scheduled to be arraigned in municipal court today, Wilson said.

The shooting, he said, stemmed from an earlier argument.

&#8220They had been involved in an altercation the night before, stemming from an alleged shooting into an occupied dwelling on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard,” Wilson said. &#8220At around 5:27 p.m., the victim went to Waltersville Estates looking for Mr. Morris. Greg Jones confronted him, and Morris produced a 9-mm pistol and fired at least one shot, hitting Jones in the left chest.”

At 1:21 a.m. Sunday, shots were reported fired into a 1998 Honda and a house in the 2100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. That incident led to the shooting death at Waltersville Estates, Wilson said.

Wilson said other shots were fired near the apartment building later Sunday, and police continue to investigate the case.

&#8220We are still looking for possibly other people involved in the shooting.”

Outside the corporate limits, four homicides have been recorded this year.