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High Speed Shootout On 61 South Kills Vicksburg Man

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Several shootings in the past 24 hours have rocked the River City, and they may be related.

VPD Chief Badge LogoPolice received reports of an altercation at the Shell Station located at 4747 61 South at 10:45 pm.  Several men jumped into their vehicles and proceeded south on 61 with numerous shots being fired between the vehicles somewhere before Buford Drive.

The driver of one of the vehicles realized his back seat passenger, 30 year old Reginald Gaines of 163 Elizabeth Circle, had been shot in the altercation and immediately drove him to Merit Health River Region.  Merit Health River Region reported him in critical condition and he was transported via a Lifeflight helicopter to UMC in Jackson with a gunshot wound to the head.  He succumbed to his injury at 2:07 am.

 

In what is believed to be a related incident, police received reports of several gunshots being heard in the 3700 block of Halls Ferry at 1:50 am Wednesday morning.  The victim reported a vehicle was following him on Cain Ridge Road and shooting at his vehicle, striking it several times.  No one is known to be injured in that shooting.

Currently several men are on investigative hold at the Vicksburg Police Department in regards to the shootings.

 

Another shooting yesterday afternoon at South Street and First North left a Vicksburg woman with non-life threatening injuries around 5:30 pm.  She was allegedly shot in the chest by her boyfriend during a verbal altercation.  Police arrested DeShawn Williams, age 25 of 502 Farmer Street.  He is being charged with Aggravated Domestic Assault and is being held without bond pending his hearing in Municipal Court.

 

There are many other unconfirmed reports of shots fired last night around 11 pm in the vicinity of South and Farmer streets.  Police have yet to respond to requests on these unconfirmed reports.

 

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USACE temporarily closes part of Arkabutla Lake campground

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(Photo by Thomas R Machnitzki - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12730385)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District has temporarily closed part of the South Abutment Campground at Arkabutla Lake due to a power outage.

A total of 57 campsites are affected, and repairs to the electrical system are expected to continue into next week. Current campers may move from their original sites during this time. The impacted sites will remain closed to reservations until repairs are completed.

The remainder of South Abutment Campground is open for reservations, as well as Dub Patton Campground. Campsites can be reserved online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777.

For more information, contact the Arkabutla Lake Field Office at 662-562-6261.

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Robber uses a gun to steal bike from 13-year-old

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The Vicksburg Police Department reports the following incidents occurred Monday, Oct. 26, and Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Monday at 5:52 p.m. officers with the Vicksburg Police Department responded to the area of Fairground Street in reference to a strong-arm robbery. The complainant stated that an unknown black male pushed his 13-year-old son off his bike, and when his son tried to retrieve his bike, the unknown male pointed a gun at him.

On Tuesday at 8:11 p.m. officers responded to the 400 block of Cain Ridge Road in reference to shots fired. According to witnesses, subjects in a maroon sedan fired six shots. One 9-mm shell casing was recovered at the scene. An hour later, officers were dispatched to Domino’s Pizza, 725 Highway 61 South, where one of the delivery drivers reported someone had shot at his car while he was stopped at the intersection of Cain Ridge Road and Columbia Avenue. A bullet hole was found in the trunk of the vehicle.

Tuesday at 8:41 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 700 block of Fort Hill Drive in reference to an auto burglary. The victim stated that an unknown black male entered his 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe and took less than $10 in loose change.

If you have information on any of these incidents, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Women leaders invited to Empower Hour on Thursday

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Justice Court Judge Gay Polk-Payton

Women leaders in Vicksburg and Warren County are invited to Empower Hour at noon Thursday at the Warren County Courthouse on the Jackson Street side.

The event is sponsored by Circuit Court Judge Toni Walker Terrett of Mississippi’s Ninth Judicial District, and features Justice Court Judge Gay Polk-Payton from Forrest County as well as trailblazers Gertrude Young and Patricia “Petesy” Peterson Smith.

Seating will be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions and be sure to wear your mask.

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