Police continue search for suspect in downtown shooting

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 1, 2010

Vicksburg police were continuing to look for a man witnesses said fired up to 10 shots from the balcony of a downtown bar Friday night.

Sgt. Sandra Williams this morning repeated an earlier report that the shots followed a fight between two men on the balcony of The Upper End, 1306 Washington St.

Neighbors along Washington Street said they heard about seven shots.

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The victim had told police Saturday night who shot the gun around 10, and he declined to file charges over injuries sustained in the fight between the two.

Williams said no warrant had been issued for the suspect because police have failed to confirm his identity.

Larry Ray, one of the owners of the bar, said this morning that the fight began after the two left the bar.

He said he heard “about 10 shots,” but he was not sure that they were fired from the balcony. “I thought they were shooting fireworks,” he said.

Utica man charged after stolen gun found

A Utica man was in the Warren County Jail today charged with having a stolen gun after a deputy saw him in a fight in the parking lot of a convenience store Saturday night.

Willie Charles Barnes, 42, 2596 Belmont Road, was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, said Sheriff Martin Pace, and was expected to make his initial court appearance today.

Pace said the arrest came after Sgt. John Elfer saw Barnes and another man, who was not identified, in an argument in a parking lot at Mississippi 27 and U.S. 80. Elfer quelled the argument before finding the gun, which a computer check revealed had been stolen in 1999.

The sheriff’s department was working this morning with the Vicksburg Police Department, with which the stolen gun report was initially filed, in an attempt to determine where the weapon has been for 11 years.

City woman jailed in theft of bracelet

A Vicksburg woman was in the Issaquena County Jail this morning accused of stealing a bracelet.

Tina Brown, 31, 1103 Chestnut St., was arrested at 10:55 a.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of Washington Street, Vicksburg police Sgt. Sandra Williams said.

Brown is accused of entering an unlocked Jeep Cherokee in the 900 block of Grove Street 15 minutes earlier and taking the bracelet, she said.

She was held without bond pending an initial hearing this morning.

Two trucks, contents stolen in Vicksburg

Two Ford F-250 trucks were reported missing early Friday morning.

A 2006 tan truck, Louisiana tag B572 070, valued at $29,000 and items valued at $3,450 in the vehicle were reported missing at 8:02 a.m. from the Ameristar Hotel, 4146 Washington St.

Missing items included a 17-caliber rifle valued at $500, a Nikon camera valued at $250, four hitches valued at $1,000, two Kentwood radios valued at $700, a shop fan valued at $100, a GPS system valued at $100, a bag of tools valued at $500, a jacket valued at $100 and a metal work table valued at $200.

A 2002 silver truck, Mississippi tag 2AH 191, valued at $14,000 was reported missing at 8:50 a.m. from Ameristar Engineering Department, 4115 Lucy Bryson St.

Reported missing from inside the truck was a 22-caliber rifle.

Six auto burglaries reported over weekend

Six auto burglaries were reported in the city and county during the weekend.

Three of those burglaries were reported at 8:29 a.m. Friday from the parking lot at River Region West Campus, 1111 N. Frontage Road.

Nothing was missing from a 1999 Ford F-350 truck or a 1990 Buick Riviera.

Canned food and sodas were reported missing from a 2006 Ford F-150 truck.

A 9 mm handgun valued at $500, two watches valued at $1,300 and a Motorola Razr cell phone were reported missing at 10:05 a.m. from the 1700 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Also reported missing at the same time from a 2000 Ford Taurus in the same block were a $100 money order and 65 CDs.

No items were reported missing from a 2010 GMC Sierra in the 5600 block of Fisher Ferry Road at 10:12 a.m. Friday.

Eleven auto burglaries had been reported Friday from the same area. Small electronics and weapons were reported missing from cars on Fisher Ferry Road and South Glen and Amanda drives.

Stolen items range from electronics to fur

Four residential burglaries were reported in the city and county during the weekend.

An AGPX DVD player valued at $50 and a Xenith 47-inch flat-screen TV valued at $795 were reported missing at 12:25 a.m. Saturday from a home in the 200 block of Tully Street.

A DVD player and a VCR were reported missing at 7:47 p.m. Saturday from a home in the 40 block of Faulk Steel Road.

A 42-inch Vizio flat-screen TV valued at $800 and its remote were reported missing from a home in the 400 block of Locust Street.

A climbing deer stand valued at $250, a plastic container containing clothing and furs valued at $200, a butane heater valued at $100 and a Blue Rhino butane bottle valued at $45 were reported missing at 4:08 p.m. Friday from a house at a deer camp in the 1000 block of Gowall Road.