Victims in deadly Fontaine Ave. shooting identified - - Jackson, MS

Victims in deadly Fontaine Ave. shooting identified

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Jackson Police are investigating a triple shooting, in west Jackson, where two people have died.

JPD Officer Colendula Green confirmed a homicide at 3410 Fontaine Avenue in Jackson.

JPD Chief Lee Vance said police received the call around 5:40 p.m. Sunday in reference to a shooting at the intersections of Eminence Row and Fontaine Ave. 

Vance said police discovered three people were shot and of the three, two had died.

JPD has identified the fatality victims as 21-year-old Samuel Davis and 51-year-old Janice Grayer.

Police say Davis was shot multiple times and pronounced deceased on scene. Another unidentified black male subject was shot and transported to UMMC for medical treatment. The unidentified victim is listed in stable condition. 

The female victim, Grayer, was shot in the upper torso and apparently attempted to drive herself to a hospital, but crashed near Mayes St. and Bailey Avenue, Vance said. Grayer was transported to UMMC, where she was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.

Police said during the preliminary investigation, it was learned that there was an altercation with Davis and several individuals at an unknown location on Fontaine Ave. During the altercation, several persons were armed with different types of weapons and several shots were fired. A gun believed to be involved in the incident was later recovered from Davis.

Grayer was not part of the altercation nor was there any evidence that she was involved, police said.

Authorities say some people believed to have knowledge of the incident were later detained and questioned.

Vance said at this time police do not have suspect information. 

"I'm sure there were witnesses, but whether they'll tell us the information is a whole other story. There were plenty of people out here, but no one has come forward yet, Vance said.

"...Situations like this weekend test your resolve," Vance said, referring to the five homicides (including Fontaine Ave.) the city saw this weekend.

"...I am very discouraged, but not defeated. We have to continue to fight for our city. This is a crisis weekend...", Vance added.

"We are just beginning. This is a terrible, terrible situation. It really comes down to a shootout in the middle of a Jackson street, where three people were shot, two of them dead", said Vance.

At this time there have been no charges filed or arrests made.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident please call police at 601-960-1234 or 601-355-TIPS (8477).

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