Suspect charged with drive-by shooting

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith

A 22-year-old man was arrested over the weekend for his suspected involvement in a drive-by shooting.

Friday afternoon at about 4, Picayune Police officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Charlotte Drive in reference to a drive-by shooting, said Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri.

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Officers arrived to speak with the victim, who said as he was standing outside his house he saw the driver of a green Jeep Grand Cherokee point an assault rifle at him before firing several rounds at him and driving off, Magri said.

The vehicle fled the scene, but the victim was able to provide a detailed description, Magri said. No one was hit by the bullets, Magri said.

An investigation determined that no shell casings were left at the scene, indicating that the gun was held inside the vehicle to catch the casings, Magri said.

Using information gathered in the investigation, officers identified 22-year-old Thomas Smith of 615 N. Beech St., as the suspect and issued a “be on the look out” notification to surrounding areas, Magri said.

Saturday morning investigators received a tip that Smith was at an apartment located on Cooper Road. Magri said officers went to the apartment described in the tip, and located the suspect vehicle outside.

Just after 7 a.m. officers knocked on the door and searched the apartment, finding Smith inside, Magri said. A search of the apartment to locate the weapon used in the shooting instead found some marijuana in an ashtray under a bed, Magri said.

Smith was taken into custody for possession of marijuana, drive-by shooting, aggravated assault and exhibiting a weapon, Magri said.

Continued investigation determined the gun was being stored at a friend of Smith’s house, which was recovered that same day, Magri said.

Smith is out of jail on a $21,500 bond, Magri said.