Two in custody, one wanted for shooting that left 36-year-old Vicksburg man dead

They appeared in court Wednesday and were both given $1 million bonds.

Two in custody for shooting that left 36-year-old Vicksburg man dead

VICKSBURG, Miss. (WLBT) - Two people are in custody, one remains at large for a shooting that left one man dead.

The victim was identified as 36-year-old Dematric Lamar Clark.

Vicksburg police arrested 20-year-old Elijah Eugene Qualls Jr. and 21-year-old Demarcus James Qualls and charged them both with second degree murder and weapon possession by a felon.

They appeared in court Wednesday and were both given $1 million bonds.

Their bonds were both set at $1 million each.

Friday, September 20th, around 12:51 a.m., police responded to shots being fired and one person being shot in the 1100 block of Fayette Street. They found Clark lying in the street with a gunshot wound to the head. Clark later died from his injuries.

“We have to stop the gun violence,” said Lt. Johnnie Edwards.

According to investigators, they knew the victim, but they don't believe he was the intended target the night of the shooting. They say the men were shooting at someone else.

“It brings us great joy to bring closure to the family of this young man who died senseless in the streets. When the police arrived, I was one of those, the man was in the street and there wasn't anyone around,” said Edwards.

“We have to make certain if you see something, say something and make certain you call 911,” said Mayor George Flaggs.

This is the city's 2nd homicide of the year. The mayor, police and residents say still that’s two too many.

“I think the crime in Vicksburg needs to settle down, people need to value life more and take more into life," said a Vicksburg resident.

“Another thing that is helping us and assisting us in crime is we have more cameras out there now than we have before and we’re going put more cameras out there,” said Mayor Flaggs.

Police are looking for a third suspect, 28-year-old Eric Lee Clayton, wanted for second degree murder and weapon possession by a felon.

Eric Lee Clayton is wanted by Vicksburg Police; Source: Vicksburg PD
Eric Lee Clayton is wanted by Vicksburg Police; Source: Vicksburg PD (Source: Eric Lee Clayton is wanted by Vicksburg Police; Vicksburg PD)

If you know where he is, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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