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At least 7 people injured in mass shooting at Yazoo Co. nightclub

Updated: Mar. 27, 2021 at 10:18 PM CDT
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YAZOO COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) - Authorities say at least seven people were injured during a mass shooting early Saturday morning at a Yazoo County nightclub.

The incident occurred around midnight at “Big Mickie’s,” a club on Dr. Martin Luther King Extension.

At least six people were shot, while a seventh person suffered a laceration, according to Noble Brooks, an investigator with the Yazoo County Sheriff’s Department.

Victims include:

  • Laraveon Darnell Edwards, 19, suffered two gun shot wounds to the head
  • Kendrick Johnson, 28, suffered two gun shot wounds to the back
  • Jamari “Duke” Brown, 21, suffered one gun shot wound to the back
  • Lauryn Cavanaugh, 23, suffered one gun shot wound on upper right side
  • Iesha Johnson, 27, suffered one gun shot wound to right wrist
  • Ratana Johnson, 20, suffered gun shot wound to shoulder area

Investigators say Edwards and Johnson are listed in critical condition.

In all, three individuals were taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center for treatment. One victim was in stable condition.

The conditions of the other individuals were not known.

Motive behind the shooting is still being determined.

Yazoo County Sheriff Jacob Sheriff said it could be tied to the recent murder of a 13-year-old boy in Yazoo City.

Earlier this month, D’Montae Montreal Lee was killed on 11th Street, near Prentiss Avenue. An arrest has been made in that case.

“We’re looking at that as a possible motive, but it has not been determined at this time,” Brooks said.

Authorities don’t know if the shooting was gang-related.

“Multiple weapons were involved … based on the (shell) casings that were recovered,” Brooks said.

As of Saturday morning, no arrests had been made. However, the department was looking at several “persons of interest.”

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