Fourth teenager arrested in shooting

Published 12:01 am Thursday, December 11, 2014

NATCHEZ — A fourth teenager was arrested Wednesday in connection with a Saturday shooting in Maryland Heights.

Three others — Jordan D. Johnson, 18, 935 N. Union St., Darryl K. Hurts Jr., 16, 210 Country Club Drive and Jadarrius J. McKnight, 15, 303A Dumas Drive — were arrested earlier this week on charges of three counts aggravated assault following the incident.

Natchez Police Department Detective Jerry Ford said the 16-year-old suspect arrested Wednesday is being charged as a juvenile.

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The suspects had allegedly opened fire with handguns on a vehicle after the suspects had told the passengers they didn’t want them to be in the neighborhood.

The passengers were in the area to visit an acquaintance, and were trying to leave to avoid trouble when the shooting started, Ford said earlier this week.

The fourth suspect was charged as a juvenile rather than as an adult because he did not actually shoot a gun during the incident, Ford said.

“He was actually the one who instigated the others to shoot,” Ford said. “He told them they needed to start ‘popping a cap.’”

One of the three passengers in the car was struck in the arm with a bullet, while one was grazed on the side of the head by a bullet and another was grazed on the leg.

Ford previously said the passengers in the vehicle did not have prior problems with the suspects.

The juvenile was detained at the Adams County Juvenile Justice Center Wednesday evening.