Young Charged with Attempted Murder

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

Six people are accused of attempted murder for a shooting July 4 at Anthony's Lounge in Sumter County.

One suspect was arrested Tuesday. Four others had already been charged and one remains on the run.

Jerrel Deon Young of Boligee, Ala., was working in Mississippi on a tugboat on the Yazoo River near the Vicksburg Harbor.

That's where U.S. marshals told the Warren County Sheriff's Department they might find Jerrel Deon Young. Young and five others are wanted by the Sumter County, Ala., Sheriff's Department.

"All of them ran, and we had warrants and had been looking for them for a while," said Sumter County Sheriff Johnny Hatter. "We had the U.S. marshals to assist us on it, and the U.S. marshals have been picking them up in different counties."

Hatter says Young is also wanted on robbery and burglary charges in Tuscaloosa, as well as in Greene County and Pickens County. In Sumter County, Young and the other individuals are wanted for attempted murder and reckless endangerment.

"July Fourth, they were in a night club, and after the night club closed on the morning of July fifth, the subjects, two or three car loads of them, they were shooting fireworks I understand," Hatter said. "Then they put the fireworks down and got their weapons and they were shooting up in the air. Also, people were leaving the club and he shot into the crowd of people."

It was in this parking lot at Anthony's Lounge in Geiger where officials say Young and five others were shooting fireworks and fire arms into the air and into a crowd of people outside the building. One man was struck and taken to a hospital in critical condition.

"He's doing a lot better now. He was in critical condition at the time," said Hatter. "They shot a lot of rounds up there. We've got warrants on six defendants."

Sheriff Hatter said about 30 shots were fired as people were leaving Anthony's Lounge late in the evening on the Fourth of July. Only one person was injured.


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