Meridian Star

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December 28, 2012

Police still looking for clues

MERIDIAN —     When Meridian Police Department units rolled up on the scene of a fatal shooting early Wednesday morning the popping of gunfire could still be heard.

    A day after the shooting, police are frustrated that no one seems willing to come forward with the vital piece of information that will put the shooter away.

    "People thing we are mind readers and that we have all the answers instantly," said Capt. Dean Harper, commander of the department's Criminal Investigation Division. "But we don't have all the answers. Many times we rely on the help of citizens to give us the clue or the evidence we need to track down the perpetrator."

    Roderickus Bourdeaux, 21, of Meridian, died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest at Club VIP on B Street.

    Four other people were reportedly struck by gunfire but none of their injuries were life-threatening, officials said.

    Harper said at about 12:10 a.m., patrol units were called to the location to a report of a shooting. When they arrived they found several people who had been hit by bullets but Bourdeaux was not there. Police learned minutes later Bourdeaux had been transported by private vehicle to a Meridian hospital emergency room where he was pronounced dead.

    The shooting reportedly took place outside the club in the parking lot, according to Harper.

    "When officers arrived there were like a hundred people who were witnesses to the shooting," Harper said. "It wasn't like the two men were facing each other on the street alone. Somebody, probably more than one person, saw enough to help us make an arrest but so far nobody has come forward and done the right thing."

    Harper said a handgun was used in the incident.

    Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler said Bourdeaux was shot multiple times in the chest. Harper said a man was shot in the leg, another man was shot in the hand and a woman was hit in the torso. All three sought medical attention at Meridian hospitals.

    The nightclub, also known as Fusions and Swagger, is located in what appears to be a vacant building located in a commercial district at 1908 B Street. There are no signs on the building identifying the night club.

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