Two charged in shooting spree
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 1:00 AM
Additional charges have been filed against two juveniles in connection with a shooting spree which damaged over 40 businesses, vehicles and residences throughout the city and county on June 19.
The two juveniles, 17 and 16-year-old males, were arrested shortly after 10:30 a.m. last Wednesday morning by Philadelphia Police officers and Sheriff's deputies, Chief of Police Grant Myers said. It will be determined by the Youth Court at a hearing soon whether the juveniles will be charged as adults, Myers said.
"They were picked up during a traffic stop near one of their residences," he said.
Crimestoppers was instrumental in locating the teenagers, both of whom reside in the county, he said.
The two were charged with a total of 36 counts of felony malicious mischief and shooting into a dwelling each, all with a high-powered air rifle, Myers said. The incidents occurred on the night of June 19 and the early morning hours of June 20.
"We believe it started out with shooting road signs and progressed to shooting windows," Myers said.
Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell was happy with the arrests and how the investigation was handled.
"The city and county worked together and put in a lot of man hours on this case," he said. "Working together made the job easier. The Sheriff and Police departments have a good working relationship."
Over 40 businesses, vehicles and residences in the city and county were struck by bullets.
On Monday, Chief Myers reported that another residence on Byrd Avenue and another vehicle on Indian Hospital Road reported windows that had been shot out.
Among those that reported damage included:
Autozone, East Central Inc., Barnett Mechanical & Electrical Inc., 424 Blues Café, Taste & See, M&W Used Appliances, Faulkenbery's, all on Beacon Street, Knots on Main Street, Chuxter's Guitar Shop on Center Avenue, Ronnie's Steak and Grill on Pecan Avenue, Central Water on Valley View Drive, Glass Worx on Weyerhaeuser Street, Cadence Bank on Main Street, The American Legion on Myrtle Street, Family Dollar on Main Street, Downtown Deli on Center Avenue, Special Occasion on Lakeside Drive.
Vehicles were struck at Muffler Mansion on Beacon Street, Bobby's Jewelry on Beacon Street, A&M Auto Sales on Beacon Street, Griffis Motors on Holland Avenue, Southern Premier Auto Sales on Beacon Street, Deal's on Main Street, Kosciusko Road, Gum Street, Williamson Avenue, Church Avenue, Byrd Avenue and Indian Hospital Road.
Windows at two residences on Poplar Avenue and two on Byrd Avenue were also struck.
The shootings were not the only ones committed in June.
On Tuesday, June 17, a vehicle parked at Old Mexico on Beacon Street had a window shot out and on Wednesday, June 18 a vehicle on Williamson Avenue was also damaged.
Sheriff Waddell said that his deputies responded to three calls the night of shootings at parked vehicles.
"We got called out to [Mississippi] 21 north, county Road 610 and Mississippi 488 in the Hope community," he said. "We believe these are connected to the city incidents."