Seventh arrest made in Sunday morning shooting

Published 10:06 am Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A seventh arrest has been made in the early Sunday morning shooting that claimed the life of one Vicksburg man and wounded three others, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said.

Deldrick C. Harper, 18, 109 Elizabeth Circle, was arrested just after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in a parking lot of the 700 block of U.S. Highway 61 North.

He was charged with drive by shooing in the incident, which occurred after several groups gathered in the parking lot of the Kangaroo Express at the corner of U.S. 80 and Mississippi 27 in Warren County.

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“He was identified as shooting from a vehicle,” Pace said.

He would not rule out additional arrests in the case.

“It is an ongoing investigation,” Pace said.

He said the fifth and sixth arrests were made Thursday in connection with the shooting that left Jerome Rankin, 22, of Vicksburg dead and wounded three others.

Soloman Harris Jr., 27, 2828 Grove St., faces a charge of one count of aggravated assault. He was being held without bail in the Warren County Jail pending an initial appearance in County Court. Another man, Malcolm Robertson, 25, is charged with one count of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Warren County Judge John Price denied bail because Robertson was on probation for another felony charge.

Price Thursday denied bail for Andrew King, 23, 280 Curry St., after an initial appearance in County Court. King is charged with second-degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault in the Sunday shooting. King is accused of being one of the shooters in the melee.

At King’s initial appearance Thursday, Price cited the ongoing sheriff’s department investigation into the shootings as his reason for denying bail.

Tuesday, Aug. 9 Price denied bail for three other suspects charged in the shooting: Erick Leamont Smith, 22, 314 Linda St., Don Cornelius Bell, 22, 1315 Fillmore St., and Ricky Lee Perkins, 17, 824 Polk St.

Smith and Perkins are each charged with one count of second-degree murder, one count of drive-by shooting and three counts of aggravated assault.

Bell is charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of drive-by shooting.

Deputy Warren County coroner Kelda Bailess said Rankin was pronounced dead at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She said Rankin’s body was taken to the Mississippi State Crime Lab in Jackson for an autopsy.

Pace said two of the wounded people remain in the hospital and one has been released.

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call Central Mississippi Crime Stoppers at 601-355-8477, Pace said.

Callers remain anonymous and do not have to testify in court. Crime stoppers will pay a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a felony suspect.

The shooting occurred about 2:15 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7 after people gathered in the Kangaroo parking lot after several nightclubs in Vicksburg closed. An argument began and shots were fired by several people. All of the wounded people were adults age 20 to 27, Pace said.

He said when deputies arrived at the scene they found one of the wounded victims still in the convenience store parking lot. He was taken to Merit Health River Region Medical Center by ambulance.

The other victims were taken to River Region by private vehicles. All were later transferred to University of Mississippi Medical Center.