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Claiborne County shooting leaves one dead and one wounded; three in custody

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Jamal Jefferson, Jadarius Warren and Terry White, in custody for Wednesday's shooting. (Photos courtesy Clairborne County SO)

A shooting at the Claiborne County Fairgrounds in Port Gibson, Miss., on Wednesday has left one person dead and one hospitalized.

Darius Bryant, 20, of Port Gibson, was shot and killed. Chris Early, 20, a Vicksburg resident, is hospitalized at the University of Mississippi Medical Center suffering from gunshot wounds. His condition is not known.

Three people have been arrested in connection with the incident. Terry White 19, of Port Gibson, is charged with aggravated assault. Jadarius Warren, 20, of Hermanville, Miss., and Jamal Jefferson, 20, of Port Gibson, are both charged with hindering prosecution and rendering criminal assistance.

“We have been working around the clock to bring these individuals to justice,” said Claiborne County Sheriff Edward Goods. “Our information leads us to believe [Bryant] was an innocent bystander.”

The sheriff believes some form of gambling was involved. He also indicated that the shooting was part of a running feud between several people and was connected to disturbances last weekend around the Waffle House in Vicksburg. His office is communicating with neighboring agencies to bring all involved to justice, including the Vicksburg Police Department.

The three suspects were arraigned in Claiborne County Justice Court Friday afternoon before Judge Mareesha Odom, who set White’s bond at $100,000. Warren and Jefferson both received $50,000 bonds.

“There are others out there involved in this,” Goods said. “Come turn yourself in today. I made a commitment to bring a new day to Claiborne County, and I will carry that out.”

Goods said he anticipates making more arrests and said the charges against the suspects in custody will most likely be upgraded pending further investigation.

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Handgun stolen in auto burglary

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A handgun was stolen in an auto burglary Monday in Vicksburg.

Monday, Nov. 30, at 10:34 a.m. officers took a report in reference to an auto burglary that occurred at 3133 Washington St.

The victim reported someone stole a SCCY 9-mm handgun from his 2000 GMC Sierra.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Shooting suspect turns herself in

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Devona Jackson (photo courtesy VPD)

The suspect in a Nov. 25 shooting turned herself in to Vicksburg police investigators Monday.

Devona Jackson, 36, of Vicksburg, was charged with one count of shooting into an unoccupied vehicle in connection with an altercation at the Smoke Break convenience store, 1217 Cherry St., on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Jackson was arraigned in the Vicksburg Municipal Court, where Judge Angela Carpenter set her bond at $15,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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Chase suspect’s bond set at $50,000 for felony elude

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Bonjara O'Quinn (photo by David Day)

Bonjara O’Quinn, who led Vicksburg police on a chase that ended in Claiborne County Saturday, was arraigned in Vicksburg Municipal Court Monday.

The chase, which began in Vicksburg with a domestic disturbance, ended when O’Quinn crashed his rental car attempting to make a turn. The car then burst into flames. Police were able to get O’Quinn out of the car safely, although he suffered some minor injuries when the air bags deployed.

O’Quinn, 28, of Maywood, Illinois, near Chicago, appeared before Judge Angela Carpenter charged with one count of felony elude. Carpenter set his bond at $50,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury. He was also charged with a number of misdemeanor charges in connection with the incident including domestic violence.

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