Shootings and crash led police to believe man - - Jackson, MS

Shootings and crash led police to believe man was barricade in nearby house

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson police and the SWAT Team were at a crime scene on McCain Avenue where they believed a shooting suspect was barricaded. Two other people were taken to police headquarters for questioning Tuesday afternoon. But when rounds of gunfire erupted, chaos ensued in the neighborhood.

A shooting victim was found inside a car that crashed at the intersection of Myers Street and St. Charles Avenue near the Jackson Police Training Academy. The vehicle jumped the curb and plowed into a tree. The man inside was transported to UMMC

Investigators said another shooting victim was found nearby and hospitalized. Witnesses told police a third gunshot victim was possibly at a home in the 4300 block of McCain Avenue.

"At that location we found spent shell casings, and we found two pools of blood so we were under the impression that perhaps an individual may still be in the house," said JPD Assistant Police Chief Lee Vance. "Whether or not there was a third individual is still of question at this time."

Residents near the home were evacuated. The SWAT Team was called in and negotiators tried to make contact with someone believed to be inside the home.

Harvey Watkins was inside his house next door when he said he heard 10 to 15 shots. SWAT pulled him out of his house as a precaution before they burst through the door to find no one there.

"I was trying to stay low," said Watkins. "And by the time that I did come out the guys were getting in a vehicle leaving. So by the time the cops made it over here they were already gone."

The shooting victims have not been identified, and their conditions are not known at this time. No arrests had been made, and no motive for the shootings have been released.

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