JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Montarrius Griffin was the city of Jackson’s 115th homicide for 2020.
He was one of three shot in the road on Cox Street, though police are tight-lipped on exactly where or how the shooting took place. The other two victims are in the hospital now, one in critical condition.
The triple shooting took place around 1 p.m. near the intersection of Cox and Valley streets. There were dozens of people on either side of the taped-off crime scene. They were mourning, hugging, cursing -- all angry and hurt over the loss of 21-year-old Griffin.
A neighbor said he heard the gunshots that ended Griffin’s life. Events like this, he said, were driving him to move out of Jackson.
“The hood is hurt,” he said. He didn’t want to give his name or speak on camera.
“I don’t want them to shoot up my house next,” he said.
'Others gathered there on Cox Street felt the same. When shootings are happening in bulk, they said, you don’t want to be the one who talks to the media or the police.
“I can sit on my porch and I might see two police cars come through here before noon,” said one neighbor. “That’s why they’re not scared to shoot each other. The police aren’t here."
“Children get shot,” he said. “All them that got shot down there, they just children.”
The crowd thinned when gunshots were heard a few streets over from the crime scene. Some on scene wondered out loud if some form of retaliation had already begun.
Jackson Police Department has tweeted information on the shooting, but a spokesman did not answer a request for information, and the Tweet says no further information is available, so it is unclear if the shooting could have stemmed from a number of things, such as an argument, or gang and drug violence.