VPD officials: Juvenile behind latest shooting

Published 8:46 pm Thursday, July 19, 2018

A juvenile is believed to be the shooter in a Tuesday incident in which a Vicksburg man was shot and wounded in the shoulder, Vicksburg police Lt. Johnnie Edwards said.

Police are not releasing the name of the juvenile, who remains on the run from law enforcement. Three other people are also being sought in the shooting, Edwards said Wednesday.

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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. Tuesday. The other people in the car were not wounded.

Police were initially looking for one person, but learned three others 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 hole 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:

• Three window unit air conditioners were reported taken about 9:44 a.m. Wednesday from a vacant home in the 1100 block of Fayette Street.

• A man reported he was bilked out of $600,000 after being convinced by a sales representative to invest in a company that was later found to be non-existent. The case is under investigation.

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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