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JCSD: Shooting suspect identified; still on the run

One woman is fighting for her life and another is on the run after an early-morning shooting in...
One woman is fighting for her life and another is on the run after an early-morning shooting in the Hebron community.(Source: Jones County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Feb. 28, 2022 at 11:31 AM CST
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JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - One woman is fighting for her life and another is on the run after an early-morning shooting in the Hebron community of Jones County.

Investigators with the Jones County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to the scene at a home on Lola Lane just before 5:30 a.m. Monday.

Officials said witnesses at the scene reported a woman had shot another woman in the face with a handgun while inside the home.

Investigators have identified the suspect as 38-year-old Melinda Allison Landrum, also known as “Blue.”

Anyone with information on the shooting and/or Landrum’s whereabouts is asked to call 911, the...
Anyone with information on the shooting and/or Landrum’s whereabouts is asked to call 911, the Jones County Sheriff’s Office at (601) 425-3147 or Jones County Crime Stoppers at (601) 428-7867.(Jones County Sheriff's Department)

The victim was rushed to South Central Regional Medical Center in critical condition and has since been airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Investigators said Landrum dropped the gun inside the home before leaving the scene on foot. Officials believe she may have, at some point, been picked up by someone in a vehicle.

According to investigators, Landrum is described as a White woman who stands at 5-foot-5 inches tall, weighs 155 pounds and has brown hair with blue highlights.

The sheriff’s office said it is not releasing the name of the victim at this time.

“The name of the shooting victim and the alleged shooter are being withheld at this time. The shooter is being sought by JCSD and other law enforcement agencies and is not believed to be in the immediate area any longer,” said Investigator Wesley Waites. “We are in the early stages of the investigation and additional information is expected to be released later on Monday.”

Anyone with information on the shooting and/or Landrum’s whereabouts is asked to call 911, the Jones County Sheriff’s Office at (601) 425-3147 or Jones County Crime Stoppers at (601) 428-7867.

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