Meridian Star

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June 21, 2013

Police: Man shot in both legs

MERIDIAN —     Detectives with the Meridian Police Department are investigating a Wednesday night shooting that left one man wounded.

    Police are also investigating a Thursday morning robbery.

    Wednesday night, shortly before 10:30 p.m., police were called to an unnamed hospital in Meridian where a man was undergoing treatment for gunshot wounds to both of his legs, according to a police report.

    The injured man refused to cooperate with police, according to the report.

    The shooting reportedly occurred in the 400 block of 32nd Avenue. The man's injuries did not appear life threatening, police reported.

    In a separate incident, police responded about 1:40 a.m. to the parking lot of a bar on Russell Drive to a report of an assault and robbery. When they arrived, the suspects fled in a vehicle, prompting a pursuit that reached speeds of 90 mph, according a police report.

    The driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed near Hawkins Crossing, according to the report. The driver and three other occupants in the vehicle were arrested.

    The names of the suspects have not been released pending charges. Two people were injured in the robbery, but their injuries were not considered life threatening, according to the report.

    In yet another incident, a second suspect in an aggravated assault case turned himself in Wednesday, while police are still searching for a third suspect.

    Meridian resident Ryan M. King was charged with aggravated assault and placed on a $200,000 bond after surrendering to police.

    John David White, 25, also of Meridian has also been charged with aggravated assault in connection with a June 12 incident in which a woman reportedly was injured after being run over by a car.

    Police are searching for a third suspect in the case — Ian Fortenberry of Neshoba County — who is described as a white male standing 5-feet-11 inches tall and weighing about 165 pounds.

    Anyone with information to Fortenberry's whereabouts is asked to call Meridian Police at 601-485-1893 or CrimeStoppers at 601-485-1860.

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