Police Investigating Series of Drive-By Shootings

By: Aaron Morrison Email
By: Aaron Morrison Email

Meridian police are investigating three drive-by shootings overnight. No one was injured in any of them, but shots were fired into residences.

The three shootings happened within an hour of each other. And in all three cases, a vehicle of a similar description was seen leaving the scene, a dark car, possibly a Buick.

The shootings occurred in the 500 block of 54th Avenue, the 2200 block of 33rd Avenue and the 3300 block of 21st Street.

Lt. John Griffith of the Meridian Police Department says the shootings were most likely a target.

"Nobody was injured in any of these from last night, just the residences were hit," said Griffith. "Not sure on what the possible targets were. I want to say it was the 3300 block of 21st street. We think that was probably just a stray and that one wasn't a target."

No connection has been found in any of the shootings with the exception of a mother and son living at two of the addresses.

All three of the drive-by shootings are still under investigation.

These shootings are the latest in a string of at least eight during the last two weeks. Residents say they are becoming increasingly fearful. The MPD says the best thing to do is to remain aware of your surroundings.

"As far as community goes, always be aware of your surroundings and what's going on," Griffith said. "You know, look for vehicles that's out of place in your neighborhood. Look for people out of place, you know, whenever you go to stores or whatever. You need to look for these things that just don't line up."

The MPD has also received reports of numerous shots fired at various scenes, but police have yet to find evidence.

If you have any information in these recent drive-by shootings or other crimes, call Crimestoppers at 601-485-1860, or in Meridian, you may also call 311.


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