Crime spree ends with capital murder charges - - Jackson, MS

Crime spree ends with capital murder charges

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - For 18-year-old Dante Evans, the end of the line came in a stolen car run off the road by police in front of the Golden Moon Casino in Neshoba County.

For 22-year-old Benjamin Gunn, it ended in someone's driveway in Carthage, in a service truck stolen from the casino.

Their wild and reckless ride began four days earlier, Friday, September 10. Jackson Police say Gunn opened fire on Edrick Foggy in front of a duplex in the 800 block of Lanier Avenue. His condition is unknown.

"It had been determined they got into an altercation. After the altercation, Gunn shot Edrick Foggy and fled the scene on foot," says Jackson Police Officer Colendula Green.

Later that day, surveillance video outside the Super Saver convenience store picks up shooting victim William Morris as he tries to enter the store for help. He later died at U.M.C. Police say Evans and Gunn robbed Morris, then shot him.

Two days later, the pair are believed to have robbed at gunpoint the Motel on I-55 South, shooting the clerk, 21-year-old Naveen Avva, and the owner's 12-year-old son. Both are expected to recover from bullets to the abdomen.

In the Jackson incidents, Gunn and Evans may have had more help. "We do anticipate some additional arrests in regard to those incidents," says Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman.

That brings us to Tuesday, when police say the pair, along with 25-year-old Chasidy Davis of Lena, tried to kidnap a woman at the Wal-Mart in Philadelphia. The woman got away, but the trio jumped in her car and led police on a high-speed chase, where Davis and Evans were arrested near the casino.

Before these escapades, Gunn was charged in a carjacking in 2009. He had two marijuana possession charges in 2008, and a business burglary arrest in 2006.

Evans' rap sheet reveals a strong arm robbery charge just last month, and malicious mischief in 2003, when he was 11 years old.

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