Suspect involved in Tuesday afternoon’s shooting is known to authorities
Published 5:12 pm Tuesday, February 28, 2017
“I am just glad we are not working a homicide today.”
Those were the words of Vicksburg Chief of Police Walter Armstrong as his department continues its search for a suspect tied to a Tuesday afternoon drive-by shooting near the intersection of Bowmar Avenue and Drummond Street in the vicinity of the Five Star Food and Fuel.
Armstrong said authorities received a call around 4 p.m. about a shooting at that intersection.
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When they arrived, they found a 16-year-old male with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg. Vicksburg Police Capt. Sandra Williams said the teen was taken to Merit Health River Region and later transferred to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. A second teen who was with the victim was not wounded, she said.
All of the people involved in the shooting are believed to be juveniles, she added.
Armstrong said investigators have been told the victim was simply walking down the street when a dark colored SUV came up and an individual in the vehicle shot at the victim.
“At this time, we know the suspect that we are looking for and, if it is the same person, this individual has been recently charged with a similar crime,” Armstrong said.
Armstrong did not identify the suspect, but did say he was another 16-year-old male.
“A citizen did provide us some video, so we are aware of the vehicle we are looking for, which is a dark colored SUV,” Armstrong said. “There are two individuals in that vehicle and we are considering them armed.”
Armstrong said investigators have already taken in a “number of individuals” for questioning, but that no charges have been filed.
“We will continue to beat the bushes until we make an arrest and charge the individual responsible for putting a bullet in the body of another kid,” Armstrong said.