Marion shooting suspect in custody, charges pending

MARION, Miss. (WTOK) - Police say they have the alleged shooter in custody, but still haven't officially charged the suspect.

“The suspect was taken into custody, and we turned over our investigation to the Sheriff’s Department Investigation Division where they have taken the suspect in for questioning and they are continuing the investigation at this time.”

The shooting happened around four o'clock New Year’s Day at a house on Panola Drive. Marion Police Sergeant Robbye Spangler says both victims were shot in the leg. Their injuries are not life threatening, but one victim is still in the hospital.

“As of right now, the Sheriff’s Department is talking with the suspect and the victims. There possibly could be charges or there could be an affidavit submitted to the grand jury for their opinion on what type of charges should be filed.”

Spangler says the shooting was the violent end of a developing, family dispute. Investigators are still trying to determine exactly what happened.

“It was a family dispute disturbance that escalated and all parties involved knew each other.”

The town of Marion hasn’t had a shooting in nearly three years. Spangler is making it known to the public that the department will continue to do their job to keep residents safe from harm.

“They know we’re here to help. Our philosophy is, ‘If we can help we will. If we can’t then we have to go the route necessary to solve the problem, and that’s what we’re about.”

Police aren't releasing a lot of information including "why" the man allegedly shot two people and why the alleged shooter hasn't been officially charged. The case has been turned over to the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department's Investigation Division.