Shooting Victim Wants Justice

Latrelle Banks had just gotten off work Sunday night and picked up his nieces and nephews from his mother's house when he was riding in his friend's car on Highway 45. As they rounded a curve near White Castle, they saw a man hanging out of one vehicle shooting at the one in front of him, and that's when a bullet came flying through the windshield. Banks says that his initial reaction was to make sure the kids in the back seat were okay.

"I had her kids in the car. If I wouldn't have thrown up my arm, it would have killed her child."

After the initial shock wore off, Banks and his friend tried to track down the shooter, and that's when they found the accident scene and met an ambulance.

"We turned around, went up by the Evangel Temple and came back and met the police, and they told us to pull over at G & S Auto. We pulled over and they checked my wound out, and the paramedics took me to Rush Hospital

Kernesha Pearson, whose children were the ones in the car, said the whole experience has been very traumatic for them.

"My five year old is waking up out of her sleep crying. I had to take her to this doctor this morning. She's pacing and wandering around. My two year old is crying "Mother" in her sleep, and justice needs to be served."

As far as legal proceedings are concerned, The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations says it would "be premature to release any elements of it at this time", but Banks told us he was planning to file charges as soon as possible.


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