Meridian Star

April 9, 2014

Two injured in shootings

By Ida Brown / ibrown@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Two Meridian men were injured in separate shooting incidents Monday – both sustaining non-life threatening injuries.

    According to Lt. John Griffith, MPD chief of police's executive officer, the first shooting occurred early in the morning.

    "It happened around 2:30 a.m. The shooting victim said an unknown black male shot him in the leg," Griffith said.

    The injured man went to a local hospital for treatment and was released. According to Griffith, he is not cooperating with local law enforcement regarding the incident.

    In a second unrelated shooting, a man reported to Meridian police that he was shot while driving on the 5400 block of Eighth Street.

    "He said he was driving along when somebody went to shooting his vehicle and he was hit," Griffith said. "I'm not sure if he was hit by a bullet or fragments from the car."

    The shooting victim was treated at a local hospital and released.

    Meridian police also responded to an incident Monday at Mosby Road Apartments, in which two unoccupied vehicles were shot into. No injuries were reported.

    "The call came around 2 p.m. and officers arrived in 4 minutes. We're not sure if one, both or either vehicles were intended targets," Griffith said.

    At 6:51 p.m., Meridian police responded to a shooting into a dwelling in the 2600 block of St. Luke Street. Officers arrived in 8 minutes and determined the residence had been shot at several times. No one was injured and the case is under investigation.

    Officers were unable to locate any evidence when they responded to two shots fired calls during the day.

    "We encourage the public to call if they hear gunshots. Even though we get there sometimes and don't see or find anything to support that shots were fired, it doesn't mean they weren't. It just means that they (shooters) left the area by the time we got there," Griffith said. "But, at the same time, it gives our officers a chance to know what areas that's happening in so that we can try to be in those areas more."

    Griffith noted that many of the shooting incidents that have occurred in the Meridian area in recent months have been target-oriented.

    "In other words, they (shooters) know who they are targeting. So the general public doesn't have anything to worry about – except for being in the wrong place at the wrong time," he said.

    Griffith advises residents to be aware of their surroundings and to avoid places where they think there may be trouble.

    "If you find yourself in a bad place where you just don't feel comfortable, make a detour and go around it; get out there as quickly as possible," he said.

    On April 4, detectives with the Meridian Police Department charged Curtis A. Horton, 21, with possession of a stolen firearm in connection with another shooting incident. The arrest was made after officers heard shots being fired in Highland Park and responded to the area.

    Horton’s bond was set at $10,000.