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Man charged with Tuesday murder

Published 12:04am Wednesday, April 13, 2011

NATCHEZ — Police officers called to Rickman Street Tuesday afternoon discovered a mortally wounded Natchez man lying in the street and witnesses with clues.

Soon after, Christopher J. Mackel, 31, 1231 Daisy St., was in jail facing charges of murder.

The victim, Tony J. Hughes, 22, 42 S. Concord Ave., was shot twice in the chest. He was alive when Natchez police arrived, but died approximately 15 minutes later at Natchez Regional Medical Center, Police Chief Mike Mullins said.

Witnesses on the scene reportedly helped police identify Mackel as the suspect in the crime.

Based on descriptions from neighbors who said they heard gunshots and looked outside, police located Mackel in his van in the area within an hour of the shooting, Mullins said.

A .25-caliber semi-automatic pistol was found under the front seat of the suspect’s van, Mullins said.

“Witnesses at the scene said the altercation between them may have been initiated by the victim,” Mullins said. “The suspect was in his van when the victim approached the van, according to witnesses.”

Blood was found inside the van.

The two men knew each other, Mullins said, and had reportedly had a previous altercation.

Mackel was transported to the hospital after arrest for treatment of a broken hand apparently sustained in the fight. He was in jail without bond Tuesday night.

“The suspect is cooperating with investigators,” Mullins said.

Calls of a shooting came in to police at 2:42 p.m. The incident occurred near Fraser Street an area off D’Evereux Drive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cynthia-Williams/100000288469555 Cynthia Williams

    I don’t know what happened because I was not there but the fact of the matter is a person was killed. It does not matter who started the altercation why did Chris have to be a coward and shoot him. Tony was my first cousin and he still has been taken away from his mom and the rest of our family because of something so stupid. It’s a shame our first thought is to take another human life. We love you so much Tony and miss u already!!!

  • Anonymous

    PRIOR ALTERCATION… This is just too sad.

  • Anonymous

    Very sad story. I’m sure both groups of parents are at a loss. Young Mackel parents are losing their son to the penal system for many-many years and the Hughes family has lost their son to the graveyard. Was any of this worth it? My condolences to the Hughes family.

  • Anonymous

    Cynthia i want to take the opporunity on behalf of our family and send our condolences to your family,why did this happen i dont know,only God Knows,As for Chris being a Coward a person can only be back into a corner so many times until something happens..just like i wasnt there neither was none of ya’ll..And it is a sad situation the Hughes family losses the most and our family suffers together knowing blood lays on our hands with Tony.But before everyone gets all outraged remember God will judge my Cousin and Tony not you all living in NAtchez. so why dont you all take this tragedy and try making natchez a better community before these comments become hatered….Once again my deepiest condolences…

  • Anonymous

    EXCUSE ME MRS. COOPER; BUT THIS COMMENT DO NOT PERTAIN TO YOUR ARTICLE ABOVE. I HAD TO COME IN ON SOMEONE ELSE ARTICLE TO TRY TO COMMENT ON KEVIN COOPER ARTICLE. NOW KEVIN; YOU TALKS ABOUT THE BOSS DOING THE RIGHT THING, BUT YOU ARE NOT. WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO HERE ANY COMMENT ABOUT YOUR ARTICLES; YOU CLOSE THE COMMENT SECTION OUT. NOW THERE IS A GROWN WAY TO DO THINGS, AND THERE IS A CHILDISH WAY OF DOING THINGS; YOU ARE TAKING THE CHILDISH WAY OUT. THAT’S NOT RIGHT KEVIN. IF YOU CAN’T EXCEPT THE COMMENTS ON YOUR ARTICLES; JUST DON’T POST ANY ARTICLES. AND ANOTHER THING, STOP JUMPING AROUND POSTING ARTICLES; AND PRETENDING TO BE SOMEONE ELSE. I ENJOY READING YOUR ARTICLES; AND I HAVE NO ILL FEELING TOWARD YOU WITH THIS COMMENT.

  • Anonymous

    Wondering why, reports aren’t saying theat he broke his hand hitting the victim with a gun in his head after he’d already shot him in the chest.

  • Anonymous

    your cousin is a grown 31 soon to be 32 year old man(that will see his next birthday) and he wasn’t backed into a cornor he sit in his truck engaging in an arguement over a cigarette, then after Tony joked around teasing him he sat in his truck shot him and when Tony ran off he got out his truck chased him down and beat him with a gun (after he had already shot him in the chest) if you dont call that and a low-life someone need to do him the same way just cause he your cousin dont try to assume or take up for him the facts are out the story has been confirmed we don’t need any false condolences!!! We Love You Tony

  • Anonymous

    and the prior altercation was 15 minutes befor the next arguement when he shot him. Why didn’t Chris just crank his van up and go home!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com Kevin Cooper

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  • Anonymous

    After reading the comments. Chris, could have, Tony should this and that… It seems like PRIDE is a big issue here.
    Sometimes PRIDE should be swallowed and move on. Pride can be a huge problem.
    PRAYERS FOR BOTH FAMILIES.

    BUCKLE OF NATCHEZ.

  • Anonymous

    When will the foolishness and unnecessary violence stop? How many people have to die? How many families have to deal with the horror and pain of these TOTALLY avoidable and senseless acts? My condolences to the families involved, but this really ticks me off!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cynthia-Williams/100000288469555 Cynthia Williams

    Ms. Cooper I know you only report what is told to you but the fact of the matter is what you have reported in this article is nothing like what has been reported to the victim’s family. It was not told to us that Tony started anything. As I said before I was not there to see what happened. You have so many people lying regarding the altercation “even the ones that are claiming not to be there (but was) or was there but yet “didn’t actually see when Tony was shot” we will never know. That is so frustrating to me. Regardless Tony didn’t deserve what happened to him. Facts should be double checked before being put out there for the world to read.

  • Anonymous

    Hang em high! Nothing like a good hanging to get the blood pumping in the morning

  • Anonymous

    ……

  • http://profiles.google.com/trenikamccoy Trenika McCoy

    I cannot believe that my baby brother is gone. Tony Joseph Jamaal Barnes Hughes *Gone too soon*. It is an unfortunate situation for all of us. We will never receive the anwers to the questions at hand but what we can do is pray. Pray that our black men quit killing one another. Pray that salvation invades the hearts of our young people. Pray that God continues to comfort the families the McCoy’s and the Hughes. My prayer is that there are lessons learned from this. I pray that if you have an alt with your brother or sister and you must engage in physical violence then do what we did growing up and battle it without weapons not with the intent to kill. We would have a disagreement or fight and later on we were ok. There is no relationship that exist on this earth that does not have its issues but it should never result in something so violent. Thanks to the Hughes for taking care of Jamaal, I remember it like yesterday when my mom asked them to do so. It will never be forgotten. As for the rest of you, continue to stay lifted continue in prayer and if you do not know Jesus get to know him. Only He can give you peace in every storm and only He can be your joy in time of sorrow. He loves us beyond measure. Little Brother I miss you, we miss you. See you when I get there! All will be well in due time! Trenika L McCoy(sister), Kaunecia & Takiah McCoy (nieces). We love you!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ENXCT3EC3F2TGCFUAEZSAEEW5Y Joy Surgeon

    See its simple remarks like that, that make things no better.. You should know a situation before you make a senseless remark like that… Its almost like your worse than the people who promote violence, lynching is over boo.. A life was lost and another destoyed forever. Wheres the praise in that??? I pray for those out there who are dealing with the aftermath of what has occured and hopefully God will work his wonders. Everything happens for a reason, no on could of stopped it either. Gods will is fate. My sympathy for those families who have a loved one involved. God bless

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RFB6LGC43GM26HA7ZNBRSZNUMA Money

    My little brother was put in a position an made a very bad choice what people fail to realize is that this thing could have went any way I could be burying my brother and the Hughes family(GOD BLESS) would have a loved one facing prison time no one wins in this situation stop the violence in Natchez an the WORLD

  • Anonymous

    A man was murdered, there isn’t much to know. If Mackel is the killer then yes, he himself should be executed. No it won’t bring back the dead, nor will it easy the pain of the bereaved but it might provide some solace to the family and possibly the community. Hang em high!!!!

  • Anonymous

    its sad what happened but all this volence needs to stop i just hope justice is given we all need to pray and learn to get along and stop all this shooting one another because volence solves nothing

  • Anonymous

    Stop the madness!!!