Police arrest six men after parish shooting

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 8, 2000

FERRIDAY, La. — A Natchez man was treated and released from Riverland Medical Center after being shot in the head early Friday, and six Concordia Parish men were arrested in connection with the incident.

James Earl Campbell Jr., 19, of 513 Madison St. in Natchez, was hit in the temple with a shotgun blast at the corner of E.E. Wallace Boulevard and Maryland Avenue at about 12:20 a.m. Friday, police said.

Robert Wells Jr., 18, of 3444 U.S. 65 in Clayton, who was arrested on a charge of attempted second-degree murder, allegedly shot Campbell as Campbell’s vehicle drove past the car in which Wells and five others were sitting.

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Five Ferriday men who were allegedly sitting in the same car as Wells at the time of the shooting were arrested on charges of principal to attempted second-degree murder.

They include Marcus C. Williams, 19, of 206 Chauvin St.; Andrew Smith, 18, of 109 Pasternack; Richardo M. Day, 19, of 27393 Louisiana 15, Apartment 130; LaVon J. Ceasor, 20, of 701 Fifth St.; and Derrick M. Sheppard, 20, 209 Georgia Ave.

All six were transferred to the Concordia Parish Jail. Bond had not been set as of Friday afternoon.

The case is still under investigation and Ferriday police are not yet sure what prompted the shooting, said Officer Eddie Lee Martin of the Ferriday Police Department.