Police: Teen tied to weekend shooting held

Published 9:03 am Monday, February 13, 2017

A Vicksburg teen and two Edwards men were wounded in separate shooting incidents occurring over weekend — one inside the city Saturday afternoon, and the other in the county early Sunday morning.

Vicksburg police are holding a 16-year-old boy accused of shooting another teen during a fight that occurred about 2 p.m. Saturday at the New Main Apartments, 2727 Alcorn Drive, Police Chief Walter Armstrong said.

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He said the teen, who was not identified, was brought to the police station about 10 p.m. Saturday by his mother. He was being held in Madison County, and charges were expected to be filed against him Monday, Armstrong said.

The victim, who also was not identified, was shot in the abdomen and taken to Merit Health River Region by a private vehicle. His condition was unavailable.

Armstrong said the shooting was the result of an ongoing dispute between the teen, the shooting victim and the victim’s mother, who claimed the teen stole some items from her home.

The woman confronted the teen Saturday afternoon, resulting in an argument. When the victim went his mother’s aid, he got into a fight with the other teen, who pulled a gun and shot the boy.



Sheriff Martin Pace said deputies responded around 1 a.m. Sunday to a disturbance call at a building at 523 Mississippi 80, that is rented out for parties, received a second call that two men had been taken by private vehicle to Merit Health River Region for treatment of gunshot wounds.

Pace said Michael Carter, 22, and Michael McCray, 21, both of Edwards, were treated and released from the emergency room.

Carter, Pace said, was wounded in the shoulder, while McCray was wounded in the buttocks. Pace said a 16-year-old girl, who was also at the building, was treated for a cut on the head and released.

Pace said no arrests have been made in the shooting.

“We are not going to tolerate behavior like this in Warren County,” Pace said.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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