Shooting Investigation

An investigation is underway into a shooting which has left a man hospitalized in Meridian. It happened just before six Monday night in the 1900 block of 33rd Avenue. The victim was shot three times. In the wake of the shooting, police say the number of questions surrounding the case far outnumber the answers.

"Whoever the young man was, I don't know, but they got into it and shots rang out!" says Timmy McDonald; he was in the area when the shooting occurred.

According to police, the victim was shot once in the torso and twice in his extremities. Investigators say the shooting resulted from a fight that the victim was involved in with someone else in the street.

"Witness accounts, those who will speak to us, give us different descriptions of the suspect and of the events that took place, and the victim himself is very reluctant to give us any information as well," says MPD spokesman, Captain Dean Harper. "We're doing what we can with the case and we'll see where it goes from there."

Residents who live in the area tell Newscenter 11 that the shooting happened after a man from another neighborhood came there and started harassing young people who were playing basketball.

"This is a peaceful neighborhood," says McDonald. "We don't start nothing around here. Everything is clean. We try to raise our kids just right, but when you've got people coming from different sides of town doing different and crazy things, this needs to stop!"

Residents in the area say that the man who was shot was the man harassing the young people. In light of what has happened, they're making a plea to police.

"Officers, if y'all are out there listening to me, y'all need to patrol this neighborhood more regularly than y'all normally do," says McDonald.

At last check an arrest had not been made in the case. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Crimestoppers at (601) 485-1860. All callers can remain anonymous.