Police pursue leads in shooting
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:00 AM
Several items recovered from the scene of a shooting last week at an apartment on Coleman Street have been sent to the state crime lab as the victim remained hospitalized Tuesday, the authorities said.
Investigators are pursuing several leads in the case, which was the 17th shooting incident in the city since early summer 2013.
Demarcius Seales, 35, of 405 Barham St., was shot twice about 2:45 a.m. Friday at Northwest Apartments, Chief of Police Grant Myers said.
"He was shot in the chest and in the lower leg in the doorway of an apartment," he said. "He was airlifted to the University Medical Center in Jackson."
While Myers would not release a possible motive in the shooting, he said there were more than one suspect involved.
"We have several leads," he said. "Also, several items that may be of evidential value have been recovered and sent to the state crime lab."
The investigation is ongoing, he said.
Anyone with information on the shooting was asked to call the police department at 601-656-2131.
Arrests have been made in all of the other shootings in which people have been injured, Myers said.
The other incidents involved random shots being fired, some of which resulted in bullets entering homes.
Friday's shooting was the latest to occur since Nov. 27, when shots were fired at a man outside a convenience store on west Beacon Street, which was connected to an earlier shooting in October, the authorities said.
That shooting was the second in a five-day period.
Willie Parker, 61, of 9165 Jenni Circle, Jonesboro, Ga., was charged with aggravated assault in connection with the attempted shooting of Chavis Davis, 19, of 327 Bay St., Police Investigator Fredesz Moore said.
The incident occurred outside the Quick Shop around 9:45 a.m., Moore said.
Parker, who was killed in an automobile accident in December, fired one shot at Davis who was uninjured, the investigator said.
That incident stemmed from an Oct. 14 shooting where one of six bullets allegedly fired at Davis landed in a classroom at the Exhibit Hall Head Start Center on Carver Avenue, Moore said.
Wilshaun McAfee, 31, of 222 Martin Luther King Dr., was charged with aggravated assault on Davis and shooting into an occupied dwelling in connection with that incident.
Parker was McAfee's uncle.
Police investigators would not comment about a possible motive for those two shootings, saying only that they were connected.
On the weekend prior to the Oct. 14 shooting, Wilshaun McAfee and Davis had exchanged words, investigators said.
In an unrelated shooting on Nov. 22, Jimmy Thames, 24, of 408 Austin St., was struck twice in his left arm and once in his right collarbone after getting into an argument with another male, Moore said.
Qwuntorez Kirkland, 19, of 914 Donald Ave., was charged with attempted murder in connection with that shooting.
Of the 17 shooting incidents, 11 people have been charged. Others included:
Anthony Seales, of South Lewis Avenue, Lot 39, was charged with aggravated assault in connection with the Nov. 10 shooting of Michael Griffin in the front yard of his home on 261 Davis St.
Kelvin McDonald, 22, of 379 Loper St., was charged with manslaughter last week in connection with the Oct. 31 shooting death of Samuel Grady, 28, of 10520 Road 747.
The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Philadelphia Apartments off Pearl Avenue behind Burger King.
McDonald was also charged with shooting into a house on Adams Street on Sept. 26.
Marquai Kirkland, 22, of 424 Evergreen St., was charged with the attempted murder of Robert Yarbrough, 37, of 256 Adams St. on Sept. 20.
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 on Aug. 7.
Sutanga Cypress, 31, of 461 Myrtle St., was charged with aggravated assault in connection with the July 8 shooting of Clara Triplett at the east Myrtle home he shared with friend.
Elijah Foster, 19, of 1510 Garland Ave., Detroit, Mich., was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, and Ken Thomas, 21, of 250 Adams St., was charged with simple assault and possession of a stolen firearm, in connection with a June 30 shooting outside a popular nightspot on Atkins Street.
Randy Moncrief, 32, of 723 Fox Ave., was charged with aggravated assault in connection with the shooting of David McCarty and Mason Lewis outside a residence on east Myrtle Street on June 16.
Each of the cases has been turned over to the District Attorney's office.