Shooting leaves one man dead

Published 9:23 pm Saturday, August 27, 2011

BEN HILLYER | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT Adams County Sheriff's Deputy Frank Smith searches for evidence in the victim's vehicle.

NATCHEZ — One man is dead and Natchez Police are investigating possible suspects after a Saturday night murder outside the Natchez Mall.

Walter Washington, 25, 220 Oakland Drive, was killed.

Police received an emergency call at approximately 9 p.m., Police Chief Mike Mullins said. The shooting reportedly occurred just outside the main mall entrance.

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Washington, who was in a vehicle at the time of the shooting, died of an apparent single gunshot wound to the chest, Mullins said.

Police had taped off a large crime scene area in the mall parking lot Saturday night and marked the location of at least 14 pieces of evidence on the ground, including possible bullets. Two vehicles were inside the taped off area.

A third vehicle with apparent bullet holes was parked across the parking lot near Soda Pop’s restaurant.

A trail of blood also stretched from an area near the mall entrance across the parking lot.

BEN HILLYER THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT Natchez Police Lt. J.T. Robinson inspects the crime scene of a shooting that occured Saturday night outside the Natchez Mall leaving one man dead.

Officers on the scene believed multiple shots had been fired.

Mullins said no weapons were found at the scene, but police believe a handgun was used.

Mullins also said police are investigating the incident in connection to another recent shooting, but would not provide details about which crime that was.

Mullins did say police believe the victim and suspect in the shooting knew each other.

“We are investigating suspects right now,” Mullins said late Saturday.

Shortly after the shooting Saturday night, Natchez Police asked Vidalia law enforcement to be on the lookout for a vehicle believed to be involved in the shooting.

The stores at the Natchez Mall close at 9 p.m. on Saturdays.

Adams County Sheriff’s Office investigators were also on the scene Saturday night.