NPD: Shooting suspects at large

Published 12:04 am Friday, June 26, 2015

NATCHEZ — Natchez police have identified two brothers as suspects in the June 19 fatal shooting of 20-year-old Jamarius Jackson and seek the public’s help in locating the pair.

Jackson was shot twice — once in his lower hip and once in his back — as he was leaning on a car outside Holiday Apartments on Old Washington Road, police say.

He later died at Merit Health Natchez.

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After interviewing witnesses, Natchez Police Detective Jerry Ford said brothers Antonio K. Clay, 20, 104 Dumas Drive and Lee Raymond Smith, 19, 111 Crown Court, were identified as key suspects.

The only problem is, Clay and Smith are nowhere to be found, he said.

“As far as their whereabouts, we are completely unsure,” Ford said.

Ford said the shooting was over some previous disagreement.

“Smith borrowed one of his friend’s vehicles, and told him he needed it to go see a girl,” Ford said. “After he got the vehicle, he picked up his brother, Antonio.”

After borrowing the car, Ford said Clay and Smith drove to Holiday Apartments to “settle” something with Jackson.

“Jamarius just happened to be sitting on a car over at Holiday Apartments, and Lee and Antonio drove by and opened fire on him,” Ford said.

Moments after Jackson was shot, Ford said Jackson was able to locate a gun, and fired back at Clay and Smith, damaging their vehicle.

“That’s how we were able to link them to the crime, because the car had some dents,” Ford said.

Once police identified Clay and Smith as suspects, Ford said he learned both had left town.

Ford said Thursday night the police have no leads in the brothers’ whereabouts.

“Basically, we’re asking anyone with information on these two to prompt us,” Ford said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miss-Lou Crimestoppers at 601-442-5000.