Teenager dies after three people open fire at Jackson apartment complex

Family members say 17-year-old Laquarries Giles, who was in critical condition, has died.
Laquarries Giles, 17
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Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 9:37 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A teenager has died after three people opened fire at a Jackson apartment complex on Wednesday.

Family members say 17-year-old Laquarries Giles, who was clinging to life late Wednesday, has died.

Shots rang out at the Pebble Creek Apartments on Manhattan Road near the Charles Tisdale Library.

JPD Deputy Chief Deric Hearn says three people drove from Bolton to the apartment complex.

They are identified as 27-year-old Markavius Coleman and 32-year-old Alexander Watson. A third person in the Ford Escape has not been identified.

JPD said Giles and two other teenagers were walking in the complex. Giles had a handgun in his waistband.

Markavius Coleman allegedly pulled out an assault rifle, first, according to investigators.

Then, Alexander Water pulled out another firearm.

They pointed the guns at the teens who police said were also firing shots in their direction. The third, unidentified individual also fired shots from inside the SUV, JPD said.

It’s unclear who first opened fire.

Watson and Coleman were taken to UMMC where they were treated for their injuries.

Police say Markavius Coleman is being charged as a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault.

Alexander Watson is also being charged with four counts of aggravated assault.

Police say this is another senseless act of violence that involves a gun transaction gone wrong.

If you have any information about this crime, you are urged to contact JPD’s Robbery/Homicide Unit at (601) 960-1278 or Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477).

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