Vicksburg man accused of shooting brother over cellphone spat

Published 8:34 am Tuesday, February 27, 2018

By John Surratt
The Vicksburg Post

A Vicksburg man was being held in the Warren County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond, accused of shooting his brother during an argument.

Municipal Judge Penny Lawson set the bond for Rafeel David Wells, 27, 221 First Ave., during an initial appearance in court Monday morning.

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He is accused of shooting his brother, Ronald Taundiwee Wells, 39, at their home. Police believe the shooting was the result of an argument between the brothers over the use of a cellphone that occurred earlier in the day.

Rafeel Wells was arrested at a home in the 200 block of First Avenue.

Ronald Wells was taken by ambulance to Merit Health River Region, where he was treated and released.

According to police reports, officers were called to the home earlier Saturday about a stabbing and arrived to find Rafeel Wells had a cut on his left arm, which police believe was caused by a piece of broken glass during a fight between the brothers over the phone.

The shooting was the second in less than a week in the city.

James Jeffery McBroom 58, No. 5 Hayfield Road, was charged with aggravated assault in the Feb. 22 shooting of Billy Joe Harrison, 64, also of Vicksburg, who was wounded in the chest during an argument at the Klondyke, 100 North Washington St.

McBroom was released after posting a $50,000 bond.