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Vicksburg and Warren County law enforcement officers capture Jason Skinner, wanted for murder

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Jason Kyle Skinner. Photo from the Vicksburg Police Department.

About 8:50 p.m., Vicksburg Police officers and Warren County deputies captured Jason Skinner, 28, a suspect in the homicide that occurred around 4 p.m. this afternoon.

“We couldn’t do it without the help of the sheriff’s department,” Police Chief Milton Moore said at the scene, calling it “total teamwork.”

Skinner was captured at Crossway Church on U.S. Highway 61 South. He has been arrested for the murder of Courtney Anderson, 39, of Vicksburg.

Shooting victim Courtney Dewayne Anderson died at the scene Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Apparently, Skinner forced his way into the church and set off an alarm in the building, alerting police.

According to witnesses, Skinner was spotted earlier in Walmart where he changed into all-black clothing.

“I’m just glad this case is solved,” Moore said, to give the victim’s family some closure.

The chief indicated the dogged determination required to close this case so quickly. “We wasn’t going to stop,” he said.

The incident began around 4 p.m. today, when Vicksburg Police officers responded to a shooting at 3708 Halls Ferry Road. The victim, Anderson, had been shot in the chest and died at the scene.

Officers closed down Halls Ferry Road for about three hours in the massive manhunt that ensued.

Earlier, police detained one person of interest for questioning while still searching for Skinner. It’s unclear what the status is of that individual.

Skinner is being held at the Madison County Sheriff Department without bond awaiting his initial court appearance. He faces a murder charge and possibly burglary of a church. He will appear in the Vicksburg Municipal Court on Saturday Nov. 30, around 10 a.m.

See our live on-the-scene report on Facebook.

Updated to correct information about Crossway Church, and to add photos and details about Skinner’s court appearance.

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Vicksburg police make a drug arrest, respond to auto theft and shots fired

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Clarence Lee, 64, arrested for possession of cocaine.

The Vicksburg Police Department has provided the following incident reports for Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019.

On Friday, Dec. 6, Vicksburg Police officers arrested Clarence Lee, 64, of Vicksburg, at a traffic stop. He is charged with possession of cocaine and will appear before Judge Angela Carpenter in Vicksburg Municipal Court today, Monday, Dec. 9.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, officers responded to the Circle K convenience store at 4150 Washington St. for a reported auto theft. The complainant said that someone stole his 2017 Dodge Challenger from the gas pump.

Officers also responded to two reports of shots fired. In both cases, officers found no signs of suspicious activity or evidence of shots being fired.

The first call was on Friday, Dec. 6, in the 2700 block of Alcorn Drive, and the second report was on Sunday, Dec 8, in the area of Ivy Circle and Springridge Drive.

 

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BREAKING: Shooting at Azalea Trace Apartments in Warren County

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Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said that the shooter is not in custody. Deputies are interviewing witnesses and processing the scene.

Original story:

A shooting at the Azalea Trace Apartments had law enforcement blocking Fisher Ferry Road in both directions for a short time.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Department is on the scene. Based on first reports, the shooter is also on the scene and may be in custody.

One person, a 17-year-old teenager, has been shot three, maybe four times with a small caliber handgun: once on left shoulder and twice on the left side. He also has a wound on the buttocks, which may be an exit wound.

The victim is being transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson by ambulance. Apparently, the emergency helicopter was not available. His condition is unknown.

Fisher Ferry Road has been reopened, but traffic is moving slowly in both directions.

The Vicksburg Daily News is on the scene to bring you updates as they happen. See our live video on Facebook.

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Four dead, eight injured in Pensacola shooting; shooter is Saudi national

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At a news conference this afternoon, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis identified the shooter as a member of the Saudi military receiving aviation training at the NAS. He had previously been identified as a second lieutenant in the Saudi air force.

Saudi King Salman called Pres. Donald Trump, who said the king told him “the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people.”

No immediate connection to a terrorist threat has been made.

This is the second shooting at a U.S. Naval base this week. In Hawaii, a sailor shot three people on Wednesday, killing two before committing suicide.

UPDATE:

Officials at NAS Pensacola and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department have confirmed that four people have died, including the shooter. Eight people have been injured including two deputies, WEAR TV reports.

Original story:

Two individuals are dead, and several are wounded after a shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., this morning.

Among the dead is the suspected shooter.

The shooting was first reported about 7 a.m., Friday, Dec. 6, USA Today reported. By 7:39 a.m., the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department said the shooter was dead.

 

WEAR TV reports that multiple people were injured. At least seven people are in the care of an area Baptist Hospital. Other reports put the number injured at 11 or more.

The Vicksburg Daily News will update this story as details become clear.

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