Arrest made in attempted murder case
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 1:00 AM
A Philadelphia man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a Sept. 20 shooting which injured an Adams Street resident as he was about to enter his home.
Marquai Kirkland, 22, of 424 Evergreen St., was charged with the attempted murder of Robert Yarbrough, 37, of 256 Adams St., Police Investigator Fredesz Moore said.
Kirkland is also charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling.
A second man, Landon M. Dupree, 28, of 352 Two Mile Road, Prentiss, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, Moore said.
Kirkland is charged with shooting Yarbrough one time in the right bicep with an unknown caliber gun as he was trying to enter his home about 10 p.m.
Yarbrough was taken to Neshoba County General Hospital and later transferred to a Meridian hospital, Moore said.
While the motive behind the shooting is still under investigation, Moore said Yarbrough was a target and not a random bystander.
"There will be jail time if they are convicted," Moore added.
Since the start of summer there have been 10 shooting incidents inside the city, including the attack on Yarbrough.
An unmarked Philadelphia police cruiser was struck by a single bullet on Sept. 24 while Drug Enforcement Officer Tavaras Smith was in pursuit of a vehicle after trying to make a traffic stop. He was not injured.
The shots came from a third person outside the chase, Moore said.
On Sept. 26 a house on Adams Street was struck once by an unknown caliber, Moore said. The owner was inside when a single stray round entered the house into a bedroom and no one was injured.
On Sept. 30 a man was unloading a ladder at the intersection of Myrtle Street and Church Avenue and heard something hit his truck in the vicinity of the dental office of Dr. Rudy Posey.
"He heard something hit the top of his truck and found a single bullet hole," Moore said, noting that no one was injured. "It looks like a wild shot from somewhere else,"
On Aug. 7, Joshua Henley, 23, of 10792 Road 410, was charged with aggravated assault in a Columbus Avenue shooting which occurred near the Woodland Hills Drive intersection, police said.
Dennis Miller, 36, of Philadelphia, was airlifted to the University Medical Center in Jackson after being shot four times, twice in the chest and once in the arm and leg, in the incident at about 9:40 p.m. outside of a residence that formerly was an animal clinic and later a daycare center.
Sutanga Cypress, 31, of 461 Myrtle St., was charged with aggravated assault in connection with a July 8 shooting of Clara Triplett at the east Myrtle home he shared with friend Red McCarty, Cox said. A single 7.62-caliber casing from an AK-47 rifle was found at the scene.
A June 30 shooting outside a popular nightspot on Atkins Street in northwest Philadelphia drew outrage from members of a neighboring church over what they say is an ongoing problem with violence and alcohol consumption.
Elijah Foster, 19, of 1510 Garland Ave., Detroit, Mich., was charged with two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the shooting.
Ken Thomas, 21, of 250 Adams St., was charged with simple assault and possession of a stolen firearm.
The shooting occurred about 3 a.m. outside of the nightspot known as Curlee's.
Marquai Finley, 23, and Jonathan Leach, 23, both of Philadelphia, were talking to a friend outside of Curlee's when a shooter walked up and fired, striking both men in the stomach, the authorities said.
Another shooting occurred on east Myrtle Street on June 16.
Randy Moncrief, 32, of 723 Fox Ave., was charged with aggravated assault in connection with the shooting of David McCarty and Mason Lewis outside the residence early that morning.
Both were shot while walking to McCarty's home on Myrtle Street at about 2:30 a.m.
Lewis was struck in his right leg and treated and later released from Neshoba County General Hospital.
McCarty was struck in his left ankle and was taken to a Meridian hospital.
The shots were fired from the side of a house, the authorities said.