from staff reports
The Meridian Star
Detectives with the Meridian Police Department are searching for two men who they believe are responsible for two separate shooting incidents that took place over the weekend.
MPD Capt. Dean Harper, commander of the department's Criminal Investigation Division, says neither of the shooting victims suffered life threatening wounds and have received medical treatment.
Harper says just after midnight Friday, MPD police officers responded to an area hospital where they met with a man who reported he had been shot. Harper says the victim was hit in the arm by a single bullet. The victim reported the incident occurred while he was walking in the 1600 block of 25th Avenue. The victim could give no description of the suspect except to say the alleged shooter was a black man. Harper said the victim told authorities the suspect fled on foot after the shooting.
Just before midnight Sunday, Harper says Meridian Police Department units responded to a shooting call in the 6200 block of Oakland Heights Street. Upon arrival, officers found a man inside of a vehicle who was injured by the apparent gunfire. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time, Harper says. Police are investigating the incident.
In an unrelated case, Harper says Meridian Police Department authorities arrested 25-year-old John David White of Meridian Friday and charged him with aggravated assault. Harper says this charge stems from an incident that occurred on June 12 where a female was injured by being run over with a car. Bond was set at $200,000 and more arrests are expected.