By Brian Livingston / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meridian Star
One person was shot Tuesday afternoon while sitting on the front porch of a Meridian home.
Meridian Police Department officers were called to the home located at 804 16th Street at around 2:30 p.m. but the victim had left. It wasn't clear if the victim, said to have been 19 years old, had walked to another location or was taken to a hospital but checks by law enforcement officials of area hospitals did not turn up anyone with a gunshot wound.
By law hospitals are required to report to local authorities whenever someone with a gunshot wound comes for treatment.
Police detectives arrived on the scene of the white brick home to process the scene and talk with witnesses. Bullet holes in the front brick wall of the porch and in the wooden frame of the porch could be seen. Some physical evidence was collected by authorities.
Witnesses said a vehicle with at least two teenagers inside stopped in front of the home with one of them firing several shots at the victim. The vehicle then sped away. The witnesses said they couldn't give a vehicle description or license plate number.
A woman who lives in an apartment nearby who was babysitting her two grandchildren said she heard at least two gunshots. The woman declined to give her name or exact address for fear of reprisals.
"The grandchildren were inside," the woman said as she watched a 4-year-old girl run toward the apartment while a rain shower began. "She's not running from the rain. She's running from the police. The police scare her."
Two other women who said they live down the street in Highway Village Apartments said they are sick and tired of seeing young people drive around and shooting at whomever they want. They talked to The Meridian Star on condition their names not be released.
"I've had two cousins killed last year," one woman said. "The police don't come by here and they don't come when you call 'em. All they want to do when you call 911 is ask you a bunch of questions but I don't know anything because I'm hiding from the shooting."
The woman said her cousins that were shot and killed last year were Terrianda Collins, 21, and 23-year-old Jadarrian Jimerson.
Jimerson was shot multiple times as he walked home from work. That incident occurred in August and happened in the 2900 block of 10th Avenue. Collins was shot in November as he stood outside a house in the 2100 block of 15th Avenue. Arrests were made in each of the cases.
The other woman said Mayor Percy Bland was too busy to come to the projects and see for himself what is happening to the youth of Meridian.
"They don't have any job opportunities and the public transportation they needed to get to their jobs was stopped so it isn't any wonder all they have to do is get into trouble and shootings," the woman said. "They don't have any opportunities."
Detectives are also investigating a shooting that reportedly occurred Monday night in which one person was allegedly hit by gunfire.
At about 8:45 p.m. MPD officers responded to the emergency room of a Meridian hospital to a report of a shooting victim. When they talked to the male victim he told officers he was shot in the leg while he walked down a street near George Reese Apartments.
The wound was reportedly non-life threatening and the victim was treated and then released. Police have released no information about to the location or time of the alleged shooting.
If anyone has information about these shootings they are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 601-485-1860.