Jertia Evans, 23
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Jertia Evans, a 23-year-old Black woman, died Saturday, June 5, 2021, after a shooting in the south part of the city, according to police.
Dispatch radio reports indicate the first calls went out at 1:17 a.m. after reports of a shooting with intent at a home in the 1100 block of Barbara Ann Drive.
Investigators believe at least two gunmen in a dark-colored Ford Escape drove by the home and fired several times, hitting Evans, who was sitting outside.
JPD spokesperson Sam Brown said Evans died at the scene.
Police recovered multiple rounds from a .223 assault rifle and 1 round from a .40-caliber weapon.
Brown said the incident was believed to be retaliation from a robbery that took place days earlier at a tennis court on Oak Forrest Drive, where a juvenile robbed someone for $300.
Evans’ sister, Ebbonie Winfield, said she believes one of Evans’ cousins was behind that robbery and said the cousin shares the same grandmother as Evans, leaving open the possibility that the home was targeted by those retaliating against the cousin.
“She was a beautiful soul. She touched a lot of people,” Winfield said. “She had just graduated from Mississippi State. So there was a milestone in her life that she had accomplished so many dreams. So many goals. And her life was taken way too soon. Twenty-three years young.”
Police have not made any arrests in the case.
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