Aldrich St. shootout sends three to hospital

Published 12:31 am Friday, March 7, 2008

NATCHEZ — Two local men and one juvenile were all shot in the lower extremities in a incident on Thursday evening at a house at 86 Aldrich St.

A boy, 13, also received minor injuries when a bullet grazed his leg.

Natchez Police Department’s detective Sgt. Craig Godbold said Justin King, 19, has been arrested for his role in the shooting and has been charged with three counts of aggravated battery.

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Kawanna Davis, a witness at the scene, said the shooting took place quickly.

“Dude pulled up, said something and started shooting,” she said.

Godbold said when King pulled up to the house, where the victims were sitting on the porch, he and one of the victims briefly exchanged words before King started shooting. The shooting sent Brian Williams, 24, Jermaine Albert, 18, and one juvenile, 14, to area hospitals.

Godbold said the shooting was the result of some long standing argument between Albert and King.

Albert and the 14-year-old were both shot in the leg. Williams was shot in the foot.

Godbold said approximately six shots were fired, with several entering the interior after penetrating the exterior walls.

While King fled the scene immediately after the shooting in a 1985 Cutlass, Godbold said he ultimately turned himself in to Sheriff Ronny Brown.

Brown said he received a call from King’s mother and then spoke with King on the phone.

Brown said King agreed to turn himself in if he could be housed at the Adams County Jail, instead of the city jail.

Brown said city police agreed and the Isle of Capri Parking lot was named as the designated pick up spot.

“When I drove up he was just standing in the parking lot,” Brown said.

Brown said King was taken into custody without incident.