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1 dead in drive-by shooting

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson has recorded its 15th homicide this year with a bold, broad daylight drive-by shooting.

It happened on 1207 Dixon Road in the parking lot of the Nappy Kutz Barbershop shortly before 4 p.m. 

The body of a young, black male in his mid 20s was sprawled life-less under a tarp on the side of Dixon Road. Moments earlier witnesses said he was running from an SUV in the parking lot of Nappy Kutz Barber Shop. It was being riddled with bullets in a drive-by shooting. The rear window of the SUV was completely blown out. 

Officer Joseph Daughtry, spokesman for Jackson Police Department, said, "Shortly before four o'clock, Jackson Police Department responded to the 1200 block of Dixon Road in reference to a shooting. When officers arrived on the scene, two individuals that had been shot, two black males. One black male was transported to a local hospital and the other black male was pronounced dead on the scene by the coroner." 

The parking lot was littered with shell casings. Crime scene investigators blocked off a portion of Dixon Road and Faulk Boulevard as they combed the area for evidence. A nearby resident said she heard what sounded like automatic weapons fire that stopped briefly as if to reload, then resume. Innocent people, including children, were inside Nappy Kutz at the time of the shooting. None of them were injured. 

Daughtry said, "Preliminary investigation, not sure if it was a robbery. We're not sure. We have several individuals that have been taken into police custody for questioning only. They're not suspects. We're looking at them as possibly being witnesses, taken down to be interviewed by detectives, trying to put this altogether. Have a lot of people out here and we're just trying to get to the bottom of it." 

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said the victim died on the scene of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen. His identity and the name of the hospitalized victim are being withheld until family members are notified. 

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