A Meridian man was shot and killed execution style Tuesday night and another victim, a woman, was injured by two bullets in the most recent shooting incidents in Meridian.
Officials Wednesday afternoon identified the man killed as Jadarrin Jimerson. Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler said he didn't have an exact age on Jimerson, who was shot and killed last night on 10th Avenue, but thought he may have been in his 20s.
Cobler said an AK-47 assault rifle was used in the shooting incident.
Three men in a Buick Roadmaster sedan are being sought in connection with the murder. Cobler said there was no address available for Jimerson.
Meridian Police Department Chief James Reed said Wednesday morning the shooting occurred at 11:56 p.m. as Jimerson walked north on 10th Avenue near 29th Street.
Reed said witnesses told detectives Jimerson was first shot in the leg by an occupant in a large four-door sedan believed to be a Buick Roadmaster. Reed said witnesses reported three black men in the sedan then got out, yelling and cursing at Jimerson, who had fallen on the sidewalk after being shot in the leg.
Reed said one of the men then shot Jimerson once in the head from close range.
"We are still searching for the suspects and have made no arrests in this case," Reed said Wednesday.
Wednesday morning, eight bullet marks were visible in the concrete sidewalk and an adjacent driveway where the shooting took place. Six of the bullets marks appeared to have been caused by glancing bullets, while two left impacts and appeared to have been the result of a more direct angle of gunfire.
A woman who lives in the area where the shooting took place said she was lucky she wasn't hit by a stray bullet.
"I was sitting on my couch watching TV when I got up to wash my face," the woman, who wished not to be identified, said. "That's when I heard what sounded like firecrackers going off. There were a lot of shots."
The woman said she went into her living room and discovered a bullet had entered a window where she had been sitting moments earlier — inches from where she said her head would have been.
"The bullet went through the window, shades and into the wall on the other side of the living room," she said. "I just can't understand what is going on with people anymore."
The resident said she stepped outside her carport door just in time to see a car speed away. She said she didn't get a good enough look at it to be able to tell what kind of car it was.
"I saw something lying on the sidewalk but couldn't make it out," she said. "Then I saw a police car drive up down the street. I hollered and waved them over. That is when I found out it was a person who had been shot. Just a terrible thing."
The resident said her aunt, who lives around the corner on 29th Street near Azalea Park Apartments, told her she had heard shots prior to the flurry of gunfire. They believe the suspects and the victim actually met there and that the victim attempted to flee on foot north on 10th Avenue when he was gunned down.
Barely a minute before the fatal shooting, 911 Emergency records indicate a dispatcher took a call of shots being fired in the 22nd Street, 23rd Avenue area of Meridian.
Prior to the fatal shooting, at 11:17 p.m. according to dispatch records, a woman was shot twice, once in the hand and once in the thigh, Reed said. Police were dispatched to the 2300 block of Second Avenue. The woman, who was said to have been in her 30s, was taken to a Meridian hospital where she was treated and then released.
Although it was reported the car seen in both shootings was roughly the same make and model, Reed said it was too early in the investigation to tell if the two incidents were connected.
Two shooting incidents were also reported in Meridian Monday night. No one was injured in those shootings and it isn't known if they are related to the Tuesday night shootings, Reed said.
At about 9 p.m. Monday, shots fired were reported fired in the 2100 block of 15th Avenue. When officers arrived they discovered a home was struck by bullets. Reed said he was unsure if anyone was at home at the time of the shooting.
A little later, detectives were called to the 1900 block of 25th Avenue to reports of gunfire and discovered a car had been struck by bullets. No one was injured. Witnesses told investigators a black male was seen running from the scene.
Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call the Meridian Police Department at (601) 485-1893, or Crime Stoppers at (601) 485-1860.
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