Man, 60, faces aggravated assault charge in shooting of 18-year-old woman in store

Published 11:58 pm Saturday, March 3, 2012

An 18-year-old woman was hospitalized Saturday after being shot in the abdomen and right leg inside a convenience store at Culkin and Freetown roads, and a county man is facing aggravated assault charges in the shooting, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said.

Pace said Willie McCoy, 60, 100 Brister Road, was being held without bond in the Warren County Jail pending an initial appearance Monday in justice court. He is accused of firing multiple shots with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun at Kayla Allen and her boyfriend as the two took cover in the Sunrise Mart, formerly the Pecan Ridge Shell, 20 Freetown Road.

Allen was taken to River Region Medical Center andshe was being treated late Saturday night.

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The boyfriend and a store employee were not injured, the sheriff said. He said more charges may be pending.

Pace said the shooting occurred about 4:30 p.m. and was the result of an ongoing argument between Allen and McCoy’s three granddaughters.

Pace said the two were leaving the store when McCoy and the girls drove up. The girls got out of his car and began arguing with Allen, who went back into the store with her boyfriend. They then called 911.

McCoy and the girls drove off, but returned a short time later. Pace said McCoy then got out of the car, walked into the store fired an undetermined number of shots and then drove off. He was arrested at his home about 30 minutes later.

Pace said the boyfriend went to his car after McCoy left the first time and got a small caliber handgun, adding, “the boyfriend is believed to have returned fire while McCoy was shooting. McCoy was not hurt.”

The same store in August was the scene of a drug raid by Warren County sheriff’s deputies, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents and Vicksburg police which resulted in two arrests, the seizure of synthetic marijuana and Xanax valued at $46,420, firearms, $5,300 in cash and counterfeit merchandise.