Two men were taken to the county hospital after being shot early Sunday morning while standing alongside Atkins Street.

Police Chief Bill Cox said Marquai Finley, 23, and John Leach, 23, both of Philadelphia, were talking to a friend about 3 a.m. when an unknown shooter walked up and fired.

The men were struck once in the stomach each by what appeared to be a revolver, Cox said.

No shell casings were found at the scene, he said.

Both men were taken to Neshoba County General Hospital by personal vehicle.

Finley was later taken to a Meridian area hospital and Leach to a Jackson hospital, Investigator Fredesz Moore said.

Cox said that at this time officers were looking for an unknown male.

"This was not a drive by," he said, noting that no motive has been determined.

This is the most recent in a series of unrelated shootings during the month of June.

On June 12, police responded to multiple neighborhoods in the northwestern part of the city to reports of weapons being brandished and fired.

No one was injured and two men have been charged in connection.

Earlier that day, a man was shot twice with a .308-caliber gun on Lewis Avenue just after midnight. One person was charged.

On Monday, Mayor James Young said that curtailing the recent uptick in crime would be a cornerstone for his agenda over the next four years.