MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Meridian police are continuing to search for answers after an 18-year-old man was shot and killed on Paulding Street Monday night.
The call for shots fired reportedly came in at 8:54 p.m. Police responded to 37th Avenue and Paulding Street. People in the neighborhood tell Newscenter 11 they heard multiple gunshots. Corner Clayton Cobler says it was an 18-year-old fell victim during the shooting.
“It appears to be one gunshot wound, but we are not sure. The body has been sent to Jackson to determine how many times he was shot and the exact cause of death,” Cobler says.
The victim has been identified as Jamarcus Lloyd. Lloyd was an 18-year-old that, police say, was the victim in a previous shooting. They say he had since recovered from being shot. Investigators say they have been interviewing numerous people and trying to find a motive and a suspect.
“He was dead probably 30 to 45 seconds after being struck,” Cobler says.
Resident Aaron Stringfellow says his mother lives next to where the shooting took place. He says she heard all of the gunfire and even saw the victim die in the middle of the street. Stringfellow says everyone should get involved and try to put an end to the nonsense.
“If we can get people brave enough to deal with the issues that young people bring around maybe we can get something done,” Strignfellow says.
He says he wants those responsible for this shooting to know how much pain it causes families.
“Know that you have loved ones yourself that go through this stuff. I don’t know. Just learn to love and get along with each other,” Stringfellow says. "Every time I hear about something like that happening, I think about family and loved ones. I also think about what I can do as an individual to stop what's going on."
If you have any information you are asked to contact police or the East Mississippi Crimestoppers line at 855-485-TIPS. You can remain anonymous.