City of Jackson officials address crime after deadly weekend

Jackson mayor releases statement on deadly Sunday shootings

City of Jackson officials address crime after deadly weekend
Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba held the state of the city address, announcing accomplishments and goals for this year.

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - In the wake of a violent Sunday in the Capital City, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba has issued a statement.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of those who died due to senseless acts of violence today and our continued prayers and support go out to all of the families who have suffered at the hands of senseless violence in this city. We will continue to do all that we can to stop this pressing issue of violence in our communities. Our police department has already captured persons of interest in both cases today. While our police department does all that it can to solve these crimes after they take place, in fact, doing so at a rate better than the national average, our police department is incapable of stopping these instances before they take place. They don’t have the tools to enter the minds and stop these people, these acts of violence before they take place. This requires the engagement of every person in this city from the mayor, to the community leader, to the neighbor. We must focus not only on the what, but the why, understanding that the conditions which lead to this criminal activity must be addressed first in order to prevent these circumstances from taking place. We look forward to addressing this issue tomorrow during a press conference to speak to the issues and the concerns that the community may have.”
-Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba

Two men died in separate shootings across the city.

The first happened around 9a.m. when 63-year-old Anthony Finch Longino was shot opening the doors to New Bethany Church in the 1700 block of Hill Avenue.

Longino was found laying on the ground outside of the church. Police say two men then robbed him and stole his truck, a blue 2018 Dodge Ram. The tag number is A110355.

A juvenile with possible information related to the shooting was later found and questioned by investigators however, there are still no arrests in this case.

63-year-old man shot, robbed while opening doors to church. (SOURCE: WLBT)
63-year-old man shot, robbed while opening doors to church. (SOURCE: WLBT)

The second deadly shooting happened in the parking lot of the Jackson Walmart on Greenway Drive.

The victim died on the scene.

Police believe the incident may have stemmed from a private sale transaction gone bad.

Two people have been taken into custody for questioning.

These two deaths make the 5th and 6th homicides in Jackson for 2019.

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