JPS releases identity of student shot in front of school - - Jackson, MS

JPS releases identity of student shot in front of school

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The shooter responsible for gunning down a Jackson public school student remains at large. As the victim, 14 year-old Ja'Darious Ivy fights for his life, JPS Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray is calling on the community to pray for Ivy, his family and the JPS community. 

On Thursday afternoon James Powell woke up to a heavy police presence in his neighborhood after hearing loud and rapid shots fired. When Powell stepped outside he spotted Ivy, a Rowan Middle School 8th grader, on the ground.

"He was still moving and talking, but then later his eyes rolled back and he was like in a shock," said Powell.

Jackson school superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray visited Rowan Friday morning to offer his support and make this plea.

 "Stop in the middle of whatever it is and pray because our children need that right now," says Gray. 

Dr. Gray says classes continued as normal on Friday, but counselors were on hand to talk to students and staff about the shooting. Ivy's classmates also spent time wishing him well by making cards and posters. 

"Part of what they're doing and what we're grateful for is they'll prepare some cards, some get well soon cards," says Gray.

Police Chief Lee Vance says some words were exchanged between Ivy and the suspect. The suspect fired the shots, got back into the car and was last seen driving eastbound on Ash Street in a light colored Chevy Impala. No arrests have been made. 

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