Police seek vehicle shooting suspect

Published 12:18 am Thursday, November 2, 2017


NATCHEZ — Police seek a suspect in a Halloween night vehicle shooting just north of downtown.

Natchez police Chief Walter Armstrong said sometime before 11:15 p.m. Tuesday the victim was driving at the corner of Union and Grant streets near the former Thompson School when the victim saw a vehicle’s lights appear in the rear view mirror.

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Armstrong said several shots were fired at the victim, causing him to speed off in the direction of the county, where the victim resides. Armstrong said he was not sure how many shots were fired.

At approximately 11 p.m., a call came over the scanner of eight to nine shots fired on Inez Street, which is nearby.

Adams County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a shots fired call on Reba Christian Road at approximately 11:08 p.m. in relation to a vehicle being found in a ditch with bullet holes in it. When deputies arrived, no one was in the car, a black 2014 Nissan Altima.

Armstrong said police were able to make contact with the victim, who was not injured. Police also have the vehicle.

Armstrong said the victim was not sure who might want to shoot him. Armstrong said the only detail the victim was able to provide was that the vehicle might have been a truck due to the height of the headlights.

Police do not have a suspect, he said.

The victim has reportedly been involved in crimes before, and Armstrong said police are considering leads that this could be in retaliation for another incident.

Armstrong asked anyone with information about the shooting to call law enforcement at 911 or Crime Stoppers at 601-442-5000. Crime Stoppers calls are anonymous.

“We are trying to figure it out so we can hopefully save them from themselves before someone gets hurt,” Armstrong said. “Hopefully someone can shine some light on it so we can prevent someone from being hurt or worse, killed.”