Meridian police released more details about a recent shooting death. Jadarrian Jimerson, 23, was gunned down while walking along a sidewalk on 10th Avenue just before midnight Aug. 21. At the time, relatives say he was returning home from work at Alliance Health Center. As the investigation continues, police say they have a lead into a possible motive.
Investigators say it appears the shooting was sparked by an incident that happened days earlier.
"It appears from what we've been led to believe that this started from a fight and it carried on from there," said Police Chief James Reed. "That certainly may have led to other incidents that led up to this shooting on August 21st."
Among the incidents being investigated for a possible connection to the Jimerson death is a shooting that happened in a nearby neighborhood just an hour prior to the murder. A woman sitting in a vehicle was injured in that case. So far, Chief Reed says no one has been charged in that shooting.
"We're looking into all aspects. There were several incidents prior to this that we've been led to believe they have been connected, but I cannot tell you right now that they are," Reed said. "We're still investigating those to make a determination."
Despite claims by family members that the victim was shot more than a half dozen times, Reed says the preliminary investigation reveals that he was shot twice. Investigators are waiting for crime lab results on evidence collected from the scene. Once that is released Reed says officers will determine whether the victim was shot more than twice.
With at least two automatic weapons thought to have been used to commit the murder, the chief says investigators are now working hard to retrieve those.
"The community was very, very helpful in helping us identify the individuals involved," said Reed. "Now, we're asking them to go a step further to help us identify and locate the weapons."
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (601) 485-1860.
So far, three suspects have been arrested in the case: 28-year-old Anthony Davis, 17-year-old Paul Brown and 29-year-old Robert Moore. Police say more arrests are possible.