Four people killed within 24-hour span in Jackson, bringing current total to 29

Published: Mar. 15, 2022 at 3:02 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Jackson police have reported four deaths in the Capital City within a 24-hour span, bringing the current 2022 total to 29.

The first two deaths were reported Monday evening when two men were shot on Locksley Drive.

Authorities said David Wilburn, 23, was shot multiple times while driving a vehicle and died at the scene.

The passenger in the vehicle, Eric Washington, 27, was shot multiple times and ran from the vehicle driven by Wilburn. Washington would die just a short distance away.

The third and fourth deaths were reported Tuesday.

Antwain Smith, Jr. died Monday after suffering fatal injuries following a Sunday shooting. The incident occurred in the vicinity of Madison and Fortification Street between 8:30 and 9 p.m.

A woman also died at Merit Health after being shot multiple times in the torso. Her vehicle, a gold Mercedes, was found after it crashed on Lindsey Drive.

Some residents who live two streets down from Monday night’s double homicide -- described by Jackson Police Chief James Davis as an ambush -- say it sounded like a war zone.

“It was, I’ll say at least five or 10 shots,” said Martha Taylor.

When Taylor heard the shots, she froze because she didn’t know where it was coming from.

“I just hope and pray that it, it stops and that we get that under control because a gunshot, you know, that’s not good to be in a neighborhood, period,” Taylor said.

These four homicides bring Jackson’s total to 29 this year, an average of one person killed every 61 hours.

Does law enforcement presence help?

Resident Louis Gray said that’s debatable.

“They don’t want to be told what to do. They want to have their own way. And so they don’t want to respect the law,” Gray said.

During WLBT’s live coverage of that double homicide Monday night on Locksley Drive, several screamed after shots were fired once again.

Those gunshots went off while JPD was still investigating on scene with Davis there, helping to break up an argument among those gathered.

Gray said he thinks a lot of it boils down to drug activity in his neighborhood.

And while several neighbors said they plan to stay in hopes that things get better, Gray said he’s tired.

“I love my community. I’ve been here for forty-three years. And I don’t want to go anywhere but I sure would like to have peace of mind,” Gray said. “Now, I want to move. I want to move if I’m able to because I think it’s gonna get worse.”

“These shootings are senseless,” stated Deputy Chief of Police Deric Hearn in a press release Tuesday, “and we ask our citizens of Jackson to resolve their problems without guns.”

All four deaths are currently under investigation. If you have any information regarding the crimes, you are asked to contact the Jackson Police Department at (601) 355-8477.

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