Teen shooter facing attempted murder

Published 4:38 pm Friday, July 20, 2018

A Vicksburg teenager remains in the Warren County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond accused of shooting a man Tuesday.

Isaiah Jamal Lashun Smith, 16, 223 First Ave., was arrested about 3:03 p.m. Friday and charged as an adult with attempted murder in the shooting of Michael Lamonte Sorrells, 20. No motive has been determined for the shooting.

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Municipal Judge Toni Terrett set the bond for Smith at an initial appearance Friday afternoon. His case is expected to be heard by the next Warren County grand jury.

Vicksburg police Lt. Johnnie Edwards said police are looking for three other people who face misdemeanor charges in the shooting.

Smith is accused of shooting at Sorrells and wounding him in the shoulder as he was sitting in his 1999 Toyota Camry with three other people in the 200 block of Meadowvale Drive about 5:02 p.m. Tuesday. The other people in the car were not wounded.

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, police made the following arrests Thursday:

• A warrant was served on John Henry Dillon, 58, 2208 East Main St.

• Warrants were served on Janice Marie Johnson, 48, 3515 Magnolia Manor.

• Lindsey Michelle Johnson, 29, 116 Thornhill Drive, was arrested about 6:21 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 61 South and Cain Ridge Road on charges of domestic assault.

• Maurice Leon Davis Jr., 23, 107 Maria Drive, was arrested about 11:45 a.m. at the intersection of Adam and Clay streets on a charge of contempt of court.

• Brandy Nicole Ailes, 39, 1103 Grove St., was arrested about 2:46 p.m. at the Vicksburg Police Department on a charge of contempt of court.

• Willie Ray Dixon, 37, 282 Ironwood Drive, was arrested at the intersection of First North and Jackson streets on charges of first-offense DUI, careless driving and having an expired drivers license.

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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