Second drive by shooting happens

Published 2:58 am Sunday, February 1, 2009

The second drive-by shooting this month took place early Sunday morning.

Early in the morning at 2:38 on Jan. 25, officers were sent out to 224 N. Jackson Ave. in response to gunshots in the area, said Picayune Police Chief Jim Luke.

Witnesses reported hearing several gunshots coming from the road way. The witness looked out side her window and saw a white car with an old box type body speeding off down the road.

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Officers found several spent shell casings at the scene and what appeared to be a single bullet hole just to the left of the kitchen window of the victim’s residence.

Luke said at press time the department has no suspects but is investigating the matter.

“This public endangerment will not be tolerated by the police department. We ask for the community’s help and assistance in locating the suspects from the shooting. I’m reaching out to community leaders for assistance before someone is seriously injured or even killed,” Luke said.

Public Information Officer Capt. Theresa Milar said information about the incident can be directed to 601-799-CLUE (2583).

Earlier this month two suspects were arrested in connection with another drive-by shooting at a residence on Merrydale Drive. On Jan. 16, two suspects, Rumeal Foster, 19, of 2301 Morris St. and Malcom Nixon, 18, of 304 Jarrell St. are alleged to have shot at three juveniles from a vehicle.

Foster and Nixon were arrested less than two hours after the alleged shooting took place, Milar said. Spent casings were recovered from the scene and a 380 semi automatic handgun was found in the vehicle Nixon and Foster were in. That incident is suspected to have derived from a previous altercation between the suspects and the three juveniles.

Both Nixon and Foster were charged with three counts of drive-by shooting.