JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Investigators are still working to determine the gunman who killed a man outside a convenience store Thursday afternoon.
JPD Sgt. Roderick Holmes told WLBT the man was shot multiple times at the corner of Robinson Street and Rose Street.
Holmes said a disagreement with another man outside the store led to the shooting.
JPD later identified the victim as 21-year-old Jaquan Williams.
Williams is the 40th person killed in the Capital City so far this year.
Holmes said the suspect, who has not been identified, left the scene, but it wasn’t clear whether the suspect ran or drove away.
“We don’t have a whole lot of information to go on. We’re currently speaking with people that were in the area that may have seen something,” Holmes said. “Also, we are checking video surveillance just to see what else what other information we can come up with.”
Holmes said additional officers had to be called in to assist with crowd control; nearly a dozen JPD patrol vehicles could be seen at the intersection providing physical barriers and hiding the location of the victim from the public until the coroner could transport it from the scene.
Witnesses told 3 On Your Side that the shooter and victim knew each other.
Some of those gathered also speculated whether the gunman would be shot and killed in retaliation before JPD would be able to catch him.
Holmes acknowledged that could be a possibility, but hopes it doesn’t come to that.
“We don’t ever want anybody to take another life as a result of someone you know, being killed by gun violence. That’s not the answer because ultimately that leads to more violence. And that’s something we just don’t need any more of in the city,” Holmes said. “People need to find other avenues to express their concerns, and guns aren’t the answer.”
Our photographer also noticed a large police presence on Bailey Avenue near E&L Barbecue, but it’s unclear whether the officers were responding to a shooting or something else.
JPD spokesperson Sam Brown did not say what took place at that location.
Holmes said he was unfamiliar with that incident, but said emphatically that the Bailey Avenue situation and the deadly shooting on Robinson and Rose were not related.