City man accused of shooting at cousin

Published 7:57 pm Tuesday, October 3, 2017

A Vicksburg man faces a charge of attempted murder after his arrest Monday evening, Vicksburg police Sgt. Johnnie Edwards said.

Saul Anthony Mata, 24, 906 Wabash St., is accused of shooting at his cousin. He was being held without bail in the Issaquena County Correction Facility pending an initial appearance Wednesday in Vicksburg Municipal Court.

Edwards said the shooting occurred about 4:41 p.m. in the 700 block of Thomas Street, and was the result of an argument between Mata and his cousin that occurred Saturday. The cousin was standing outside his house when Mata walked toward him, pulled a gun and started shooting, firing several shots. The other man was able to run away and was not wounded.

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No one else in the area of the shooting was wounded.

In other cases:

• Police are looking for people involved in a shooting incident at 2727 Alcorn Drive about 9:54 p.m. Monday in which several cars and buildings were hit by bullets.

There were no injuries.

• An Echo string trimmer and a gas can were reported stolen about 8:36 a.m. Monday from the utility shed at the Old Court House Museum, 1008 Cherry St.

• A .357 Magnum handgun, a 9mm handgun and a .40-caliber handgun were reported stolen about 3:58 p.m. Monday from a home in the 300 block of Cedar School Circle. The thieves also stole a 1996 Ford F-150 pickup parked at the home. The theft was the second time the pickup was stolen.

The truck was recovered in Rolling Fork, and two people were being held by Sharkey County authorities for questioning by Vicksburg police, Edwards said.

• A 2001 GMC Yukon parked in the 4100 block of Washington Street was reported stolen Monday about 7:21 p.m. The SUV had broken down, and when the owner went to get it, it was gone.


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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