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Police identify person of interest in Fortification Street armed robbery

Source: JPD Source: JPD
Joseph Reynolds Source: JPD Joseph Reynolds Source: JPD
Ryan Waters Source: JPD Ryan Waters Source: JPD
Raymond Echols Source: JPD Raymond Echols Source: JPD
One suspect is now custody Source:WLBT One suspect is now custody Source:WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Jackson Police have identified a person of interest in Thursday's armed robbery of in individual at the West Express Service Station at 359 East Fortification. Fifty-eight year old Lamar Joseph was shot at robbed at that location as he was returning to his car from the ATM. Joseph underwent surgery Thursday afternoon for a gunshot wound to the upper torso and is in serious condition.

Twenty-four year old Willie Lott was identified in surveillance video walking across the parking lot just before the robbery and police would like to question him.

Two suspects are behind bars after the 3 shootings that took place on Thursday.Detectives say a third suspect is at large. He is identified as 22-year-old Joseph Reynolds. 

He has been charged with 2 counts of aggravated assault, 1 count of shooting in an occupied vehicle and 1 count of attempted armed robbery of an individual .

He should be considered armed and dangerous.

On Thursday afternoon, police arrested 22-year-old Raymond Echols after he was found hiding on the property of Chastain Middle School, which was on lockdown.

Some residents at a nearby apartment complex caught a glimpse as well.

“I looked, and there was two guys running,” said resident Stephanie Cisneros. “They were shooting each other, they jumped through the fence and ran, and I just shut the door and ran back inside home.”

Surveillance stills show one of the men still believed to be at large, entering the Cash 4 Gold convenience store on Fortification and West before the suspects robbed and shot a man who had just used the store's ATM.

Police say the armed suspects then went to the Cash and Carry Wholesale Store on Interstate 55, waiting for store employees to come out with deposit money.

They got out of their vehicle and demanded money, firing a shot at the employee's SUV, which quickly sped away.

40-year-old Salim Wahiduzzaman and 40-year-old Eric Turner were shot in the parking lot. One was shot in the leg and the other had an injury to his hand. 

They drove themselves to the hospital for medical treatment.

“We feel like it's a group of individuals that we've been looking at, for not necessarily committing armed robberies but some burglaries," said Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance. "So this may be them graduating up to robbing people.”

Our cameras also captured 23-year-old Ryan Waters being taken into custody after police spotted her inside a vehicle.

According to Chief Lee Vance, the third shooting took place behind Chastain and involved an exchange of gunfire between the suspects and a JPD officer.

Chief Lee Vance says, "We got a good description of the vehicle, the officer actually spotted the vehicle, so he got in behind the vehicle to pursue it. They stopped at that location. An individual had a gun, fired a shot while he was fleeing, the officer returned fire."

The source says a cop tried to stop the suspects' swerving vehicle on Manhattan Street, but they fired at the officer instead. At that point the suspects ran toward the school.

:"It's not acceptable. Gunfire in the middle of the day, near a school busy intersections, it's not acceptable," said Vance.

Officer Colendula Green said Waters and Echols are charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle and one count of attempted armed robbery of an individual.

“We gotta continue to work, continue to fight, and ask for the help of the public to identify these individuals so that we can intervene before they commit a treacherous act like they did today,” said Vance.

Anyone with any information regarding this case or the whereabouts of Reynolds is urged to contact the Jackson Police Department at 601-960-1234 or 601-355-TIPS.

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