A Meridian teen is being charged with a shooting incident that happened at a stop sign. It was around 1:45 in the morning last August when officers say a quiet drive near B Street turned into anything but that.
They say the victims pulled up to a stop sign and then shots were allegedly fired from a vehicle that pulled up on the other side.
At the stop sign police say multiple shots were fired into the stopped vehicle. More than one person was shot. As for the victim who is pursuing charges, investigators say that person was hit in the upper torso. At this time a motive is not being released.
'We don't have random crimes where an unknown person comes up and just shoots another unknown person.That doesn't happen in Meridian,' says Lieutenant Dean Harper, who is commander for the Criminal Investigations Division with the Meridian Police Department. 'They may catch a stray bullet from a shooting some distance away, but generally in these cases the suspect and the victim know each other. They're normally easy to solve if the victim is willing to pursue,' says Harper.
For the incident 18-year-old Kahari Scott is charged with two offenses. The first charge is shooting into an occupied vehicle; the second is aggravated assault.
'This is a serious crime,' says Lt. Harper. In other states this would be attempted murder. Mississippi doesn't have that law yet, so we go with aggravated assault.'
Investigators say more arrests are possible. Meanwhile, if found guilty, Kahari Scott could face more than 20 years in jail for the charges. Because he was recently indicted by a grand jury, Lieutenant Harper says bond was not set for the charges.