5 injured in shooting, L.D.’s Lounge closed

Published 1:45 pm Monday, December 25, 2017

Five people were injured in a Christmas Eve shooting in downtown Vicksburg leading to the indefinite closure of L.D.’s Lounge.

Vicksburg Police Department is still investigating the shooting and has detained Denzell Watts, 21, for questioning.

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On Sunday at around 11:58 p.m. Vicksburg Police officers responded to L.D.’s Restaurant and Lounge located at 1111 Mulberry St. in reference to a shooting.

Upon arrival, VPD found one person who had been shot lying on the ground outside the lounge, who was identified as Ledarius Sproulls, and later transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

According to a VPD press release, four other people who had been shot were transported to Merit Health River Region Medical Center by private vehicles.

Treyvonne Williams, Zarian Price, Jobie Gordon and Erica Harris were transported to River Region with gunshot wounds. None of the victims had apparent life-threatening injuries, according to the VPD press release.

VPD chief Milton Moore said following a conversation between him and Mayor George Flaggs Jr., it was decided to indefinitely close the lounge area of L.D.’s, although the restaurant and catering portions of the business will still be allowed to operate.

“I immediately ordered him (Moore) to close the establishment until the investigation is completed and I’ve had the opportunity to talk to the owner of the establishment to talk about security detail. I have spoken to the owner on more than one occasion about shooting in and outside on the premise,” Flaggs said. “We are going to have law and order and make certain all the citizens of Vicksburg are safe at all times when they are in establishments. I informed the owner through Chief Moore that he can keep his restaurant open, his catering service open, but his night club part of the business cannot be open until we can establish a memorandum of understanding as to how he is going to secure his place.”

Flaggs said any businesses with a shooting inside or outside on its premises will be closed by the city until they can prove that citizens will be kept safe. 

If anyone has additional information concerning the shooting at L.D.’s Restaurant and lounge, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601.636.2511.