UPDATE: One arrested, another at large following weekend shooting

Published 11:38 am Saturday, April 20, 2019

One person has been arrested, and a second remains at large in the Friday night shooting of an 18-year-old at JP&K Foods Convenience Store, 2607 Halls Ferry Road.

Vicksburg Police Lt. Johnnie Edwards said Darion Turner, 18, was arrested Monday at his home at 1314 South St. He faces a charge of aggravated assault in the shooting of Jamario Hawkins, 18, Friday night.

Tony Dewayne Smoots, 20, 502 Farmer St. who is also wanted in the Friday shooting, remains at large, Edwards said.

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Turner was out on bond after being indicted in August 2017 for aggravated assault involving a February 2017 incident in which he reportedly shot Hawkins in the ankle. Turner was 15 at the time and charged as an adult. Hawkins was 16.

Smoots was indicted in March on a charge of aggravated assault-extreme indifference in a June 2, 2018, shooting that occurred at the K&B Lounge off U.S. 80.

According to police reports, officers responding about 10:09 p.m. Friday to a call of a shooting at the store arrived to find Hawkins with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Hawkins first told police he was walking in the area of Bowmar Avenue and Halls Ferry Road when a gray Dodge Charger passed and gunshots came from the vehicle and struck him in the chest. He also told police he had gotten in an argument with some guys earlier in the night but didn’t think they would come back for him.

Witnesses told police the argument between Hawkins and Turner became physical. Turner and Smoots reportedly returned to the Dodge Charger and sped off and several gunshots were fired from the vehicle. Hawkins was transported to Merit Health River Region, where he was listed in stable condition.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Smoots, should call crime stoppers at 601-355-T.I.P.S. (8477) or 1-866-481-8477, or log on to www.centralmscrimestoppers.com/www.P3tips.com or call Vicksburg Police at 601-636-2511. He is considered armed and dangerous.

The store was ordered closed by Mayor George Flaggs Jr. over the weekend, but after meeting with the owners Monday morning, they were allowed to reopen.

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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