48-year old Alton D. Neal of 212 Joseph Street has been charged with aggravated assault domestic violence for the shooting that took place Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The victim, Yvette Neal, is expected to recover from her injuries.
Authorities say at least two children were at the house at the time of the shooting. They are in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Human Services.
Sheriff Billy Sollie said Neal was sitting outside the residence when deputies arrived.
"He was taken into custody without incident," said Sollie. "The victim was later identified as Yvette Neal. She was at a neighbor's residence being treated for injuries. Both were taken to area hospitals where they were treated. Today, Alton Neal was released from the hospital and taken into custody."
The sheriff said Neal was being treated for a possible overdose of prescription medication.
"We are interviewing the suspect, as well as the victim, trying to get both versions of what they believe happened. So it will be prepared to present to a grand jury," Sollie said.
Neal's bond was set at $250,000.
For many of us, it might be difficult to understand how a possible argument could escalate to this type of violence. But Leslie Payne, executive director of Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter in Meridian, says it happens all too often in our community.
"It's something we see every day at the shelter," said Payne. "A lot of times when victims come to the shelter, there hasn't been any law enforcement. They don't call the police; they don't call for help."
That's why Payne urges women who have found themselves in violent or potentially violent situations to not let it get to the point where your life is in danger.
When weapons are used, then law enforcement is called," said Payne. "But this happens all the time."