VPD now searching for four people in connection with shooting

Published 8:00 pm Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Vicksburg police are now looking for four people in connection with the shooting of a Vicksburg man Tuesday on Meadowvale Drive.

Lt. Johnnie Edwards said Michael Lamonte Sorrells Jr., 20, was sitting in his 1999 Toyota Camry with three other people in the 200 block of Meadowvale Drive when he was shot in the shoulder about 5:02 p.m. The other people in the car were not wounded.

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Police were initially looking for one person, but learned three other people were involved with the shooting after further investigation. Edwards would not say if any of the people in the car with Sorrells were involved.

Sorrells was taken to Merit Health River Region by ambulance and later flown to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where he was in stable condition, police said.

Edwards said bullets fired at the car also struck a nearby house, adding the residents in the home reported finding the bullet holes about 7:21 p.m. Tuesday.

The case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information on this shooting can call Central Mississippi Crime Stoppers at 601-636-1761, or Central Mississippi Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477) or 1-866-481-8477, or www.p3tips.com on their smartphone. Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of the people involved in the shooting.

In other cases:

• Thomas Lamont Mitchell, 17, 520 Berryman Road, is charged with three counts of business burglary after his arrest about 3:40 p.m. at the Vicksburg Police Department. Bond information was unavailable.

Edwards said Mitchell has been certified as an adult in the cases. He is accused in the attempted burglary in the attempted break-in of 601 Sports, on Pemberton Square Boulevard and the burglaries of Snowbiz on Clay Street and the Car Store, also on Clay Street.

• Shots were reported fired Tuesday about 8:31 p.m. in the area of Jefferson and Locust streets.

• Shots were reported fired Tuesday about 12:11 a.m. in the 3200 block of Drummond Street.

• A Ruger .357 Magnum handgun, a console tray and an undetermined amount of money were reported taken from a 2010 Ford F-250 pickup parked at the Super 8 hotel, 3308 Pemberton Square Blvd.

Vicksburg police made the following arrests Tuesday:

• Jocandra Monea Williams, 24, 1422 Oakland Drive, was arrested about 10:56 a.m. in the 1400 block of Oakland Drive on a charge of malicious mischief.

• A warrant was served on Cordario Yates, 30, 110 Laura Lake Road.

• Ashley Wayne Williams, 43, 50 Massey Road, was arrested about 6:42 p.m. in the 1700 block of Porters Chapel Road on a charge of discharging a weapon inside the city. He was also served with a warrant.

• Warrants were served on Demetric Darrell Curry, 40, 309 Bayou Blvd.

• Warrants were served on Thomas Bruce Wilkerson Sr., 122 Lee St.

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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