Vicksburg man indicted for August drive-by shooting
Published 1:32 pm Sunday, February 21, 2021
The Warren County grand jury has handed down a two-count indictment charging a Vicksburg man in an August drive-by shooting.
The indictment from the January grand jury charges Xavier Allen, 31, 319 Cedar School Circle, with drive-by shooting and shooting at a motor vehicle in an Aug. 15 incident.
According to Vicksburg Police reports, officers responding to call about a shooting in the area of Cedars School Circle near Warrenton Lane were told by the victim that Allen fired shots at him, damaging his 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis.
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Officers later stopped Allen’s vehicle and saw a rifle on the front passenger seat and a spent shell casing on the back seat of the vehicle. Allen was arrested for shooting into an occupied vehicle. He was later released on a $20,000 bond.
Other indictments include:
• Louis Gaskin III, 39, 1314 South St., was indicted on a charge of kidnapping in an October incident.
Gaskin is accused of entering a woman’s car with a gun and forcing her to drive to a home on Spring Ridge Drive.
• Issac Cowans, 27, 1309 Lamar Ave., Yazoo City; larceny of a motor vehicle in the theft of a vehicle belonging to Pafford Emergency Medical Services.
• James Edward Jones, 46, 302 Bayou Blvd.; three counts of possession of a controlled substance-possession of marijuana, possession of Fentanyl and possession of methamphetamine. He was indicted as a habitual offender because he had two previous felony drug arrests.
• Melvin Cox, 60, 1800 South Street, sale of a controlled substance-cocaine.
• Leroy Guise, 39, 502 Farmer Street, aggravated assault-domestic violence.
• John Earl Wallace, 21, 1821 Louisiana Ave., possession of a controlled substance-cocaine.
• Steven Eugene Sanders, 28, 4407 Halls Ferry Road No. 27; possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine.
• Hewitt Mitchell, 21, 1108 Fayette St., possession of a controlled substance-marijuana.
• Ashanti Hardin, 18, 1050 China Grove Road; embezzlement. He is accused of taking lottery tickets valued at $1,012 from a Circle K convenience store where he was employed.
• Rickey Lee Sims, 52, 1203 Second North St.; non-residential burglary in the theft of items from Armstrong Flooring, 1735 North Washington St. He was indicted as a habitual offender because he has two previous felony convictions.
• David Paul Hasty, 31, 813 Central Ave.; possession of a stolen firearm.
• Jamila Marie Barnes, 32, 2612 Ken Karyl Ave.; uttering a forgery.