3 juveniles arrested in connection with killing a delivery driver in Belhaven
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Three juveniles have been taken into custody in connection with the Wednesday night shooting death of a food delivery driver in the Belhaven community.
Capitol Police Chief Bo Luckey confirms the arrests were made Friday and that the suspects were being interrogated.
“My team has been working pretty tirelessly ever since the incident to try to find out who was involved and why,” he said. “These senseless acts of violence, they’re not going to be tolerated in the CCID. and we’re going to put as much manpower on it as we can to make sure that we are able to investigate these to the best of our ability and come to a resolution and bring people to justice.”
He said the three were picked up after Capitol Police spotted a vehicle they believed to be involved in the Wednesday night incident around Sunset Drive.
“My team... tried to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, the vehicle fled, and after a short, brief pursuit, we were able to get three, Black male juveniles in custody,” Luckey said. “The same juveniles who we were looking for and believed to be involved in the incident from Wednesday night, as well as the incident from past Sunday.”
The names of the individuals were not immediately available. It was unclear if the three would be charged as adults. “Obviously, this is a very serious offense. And in these types of cases, it is likely they will be charged as adults,” he said. “But again, that’s for the judge to determine, not myself.”
Luckey say the three were involved in a shooting that occurred Wednesday evening on Linden Place, at the intersection of Belvoir Place, just south of Riverside Drive. The victim has been identified as 39-year-old Cory Price.
A motive for the shooting was not known. “As of right now, we’re early into the interview process. So, unfortunately... we don’t have a motive,” he said. “All of that will come out once the investigation is complete.”
The suspects also are believed to be involved in another incident, one that took place Sunday around Taylor Street. “Ultimately, the victim in that case was shot in the leg,” Luckey said. “So, the individuals that we were looking for obviously have a pretty high propensity for violence.”
The chief said tips began rolling almost immediately following the Wednesday night shooting. Capitol Police also had access to video footage showing the vehicle believed to be involved.
“My phone started ringing off the hook as soon as this incident happened, and it was members from the community [who] were concerned, but also members of the community with information they want to share,” he said. “I think that says a lot about the work that we’re doing here, and that the community is behind us.”
Ward 7 Councilwoman Virgi Lindsay lives in the neighborhood where the shooting occurred. She says it’s still a sad moment but is grateful arrests have been made and commended neighbors for providing law enforcement with as much information as possible.
“Residents of Belhaven came together and provided a tremendous amount of information, as I understand it,” she said. “I am grateful that the Capitol Police have made arrests in this case.”
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