Assault Case Upgraded to Murder

Andrew Tamayo, 35, died Wednesday night at Anderson Hospital from injuries sustained in a shooting that happened last month outside a Meridian store.

It happened between 3:30 and 4 p.m. Feb. 27. The 35-year-old was gunned down in front of Amigo's Food Mart on 23rd Street, across from Eastern Gardens.

"Someone knows what happened. They saw the shooting," said Lt. Dean Harper.

Harper, commander of the Criminal Investigations Division for the Meridian Police Department, says that's why officers need at least one witness to talk.

"We know when this happened there were several people in the parking lot; there were some people standing over by a blue building," said Harper. "More than one person saw what happened. They know who did it."

One worker at the store says he was in the back cooking when the shooting happened, and didn't see anything. However, in the wake of it, he's uneasy and anxious for police to make an arrest.

"When officers arrived, the only description we got of the suspect was that he was a short, black male, somewhere between 17, 18 and 25-years-old, who had fled the scene. We canvassed the area for witnesses. We collected evidence at the scene," said Harper.

According to Harper, the victim was shot multiple times. We know that at least some of the wounds were to the abdomen. Before he died, officers were able to speak with Tamayo.

Harper said the shooting was not random and Tamayo was a target. At this time, he says he cannot elaborate about a possible motive, but does confirm that only one person is believed to be involved. That's why he says witness accounts are so important.

"If they put themselves in the shoes of Andrew's family, wouldn't they want someone to step forward to speak up for their family members? That's all we're asking," Harper said.

A cash reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest. To report information, call Crimestoppers at 601-485-1860.


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  • by Ed Location: Lauderdale on Mar 10, 2012 at 05:14 PM
    The sad part is people complain that the police department don't do there job. They know who done it but without a witness it makes it almost impossible to prosecute the person. It's not the police fault. It's people in the black community that will not step and be a witness. It's not that they solve white crimes faster. It's just that the blacks will not step up even when it's your on race and you know them. At some point you have to take a stand and do what's right for the victims and their families.
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      by Agreeing on Mar 11, 2012 at 05:53 AM in reply to Ed
      I completely agree with you, Ed. To sit back and NOT speak up signals a stamp of approval and is the same as saying, "It's OK for someone to shoot and kill someone else." Folks, if you know something and do NOT come forward--and then that person kills someone else, YOU are at least partly responsible. It is unconscionable that eye-witnesses will refuse to come forward--unconscionable!
  • by Josh Location: Clarkdale on Mar 10, 2012 at 12:43 PM
    This is a tragedy and pretty shameful that no one will step up.

    The spelling and grammar in the 3 previous messages is pretty tragic and shameful too.

    How about a reward for the shooter, and rewards for a GED!
  • by FRIEND on Mar 9, 2012 at 09:10 PM
    I KNOW SOMEBODY OUT THERE KNOW WHO DONE IT. ALL THOSE PEOPLE THAT HANG AND WAS OUT THERE IN FRONT OF THAT STORE AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT, KNOW WHO DID IT. I WISH YOU WILL GIVE HIS' FAMILY SOME CLOSURE. I WILL KEEP THE TAMAYO'S FAMILY IN MY PRAYER. THE COULD HAVE BEEN ANYBODY SON, BROTHER, UNCLE, NEPHEW, AND COUSIN. SO IF IT WAS YOUR FAMILY MEMBER YOU WOULD LIKE SO KIND OF CLOSURE. IF YOU HAVE A HEART HELP OUT THE POLICE TO CLOSE THIS CASE. I WISH THIS ON NOBODY FAMILY. I CAN'T SEE HOW PEOPLE CAN SLEEP AT NIGHT AND DID SHOT SOMEBODY IN COLD BLOOD. NOW THAT GO MAKE US LOSE TWO BLACK BROTHERS TO THE STREET, ONE DEAD AND ONE IN JAIL. WHOEVER DID THIS COME FORWARD YOU WILL FEEL BETTER AND ABLE TO SLEEP BETTER. THE LORD ARE WATCHING THE PERSON WHO DID THIS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE THE LORD TO FORGIVE YOU, COME AND FACE THE FACT YOU DID SOMETHING BAD. THE LORD WILL FORGIVE YOU.
  • by PAM Location: MERIDIAN on Mar 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM
    MY PRAYER GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY AN FRIEND. BUT ITS MORE TO THE STORY AN SOMEONE NEEDS TO COME FOWARD AN TELL THE TRUTH LOOK AT IT AS IF YOU WHERE IN THERE SHOES, YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.
  • by SHAY Location: meridian ms on Mar 9, 2012 at 10:48 AM
    WHO EVER DID THIS NEED TO COME FOWARD AN SAY THAT THEY DID IT. ITS NOT RIGHT THAT THERE FAMILY HAVE TO GO THREW THIS AN SOMEONE OUT THERE NOT ONLY SEEN IT BUT ALSO KNOW WHO IY WAS MY PRAYER GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY AN FRIENDS OF ANDREW. I HOPE THAT SOEBODY STEP UP AN TELL THE TRUTH YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT IT LIKE THIS IF YOU WHERE IN THERE FAMILY SHOES YOU WOULD WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPEN. I UNDERSTAND WHAT THERE FAMILY IS GOING THREW AN I FEEL ITS NOT RIGHT. STEP UP AN TAKE THE BLAME FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE PLEASE IM ASKING AN PRAYING THAT SOMEONE DOES....
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