Arrest made in shooting on Columbus
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 1:00 AM
A Neshoba County man has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with a shooting outside a Columbus Avenue residence that left another man in critical condition Sunday night.
Joshua Henley, 23, of 10792 Road 410, was charged with aggravated assault in the 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 in the incident at about 9:40 p.m. outside of a residence that formerly was an animal clinic and later a daycare center.
Seven people have been shot in five separate incidents in Philadelphia since June. Arrests were made in each.
In addition, police are investigating reports of multiple shots being fired randomly in the northwestern part of the city and on Fox Avenue in recent weeks.
Miller was outside when Henley allegedly drove up and fired four times with an unidentified caliber gun, said Philadelphia Police Chief Bill Cox. Miller was struck twice in the chest and once in the arm and leg.
He was taken to Neshoba County General Hospital and later airlifted to Jackson.
During the investigation a tip came in that identified the alleged shooter, investigator Fredesz Moore said.
Henley turned himself into authorities Monday afternoon.
"The investigation is still ongoing while we try to determine a motive," Moore said, noting Henley was a repeat offender.
Sunday's shooting was the fifth to occur in the city in recent weeks.
The latest was on July 8 outside a residence on east Myrtle Street.
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, Cox said.
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.