2 charged after gunfire on SMCC campus

A shooting at Southwest Mississippi Community College ended in two arrests and no injuries Thursday night, and more arrests could be pending, according to school and law enforcement officials. 

SMCC President Dr. Steve Bishop said the shooting occurred at 9:40 p.m. Thursday, and the two people involved were not enrolled at the college.

“The SMCC Police Department responded to shots fired near the intersection of Union Drive and Stadium Drive,” he said in an email to employees and students Monday. “Through further investigation and the use of surveillance video, officers were able to identify the suspect vehicle.”

Pike County sheriff’s deputies located the blue 2001 Nissan Maxima at a Dollar General in Magnolia on Friday afternoon and charged Dermetrice Johnson, 19, and Charvez Williams, 18, both of Magnolia, with drive-by shooting, possession of weapons on school property, shooting into a vehicle and two counts of conspiracy.

Sheriff’s officials said the pair allegedly fired at a group of pedestrians and hit at least two vehicles.

Bishop thanked the sheriff’s office, Summit police and Magnolia police for their assistance. 

“Luckily no one was injured, but it was just an unfortunate situation,” he said.  

Sheriff’s officials said the two allegedly had two firearms and unspecified “gang paraphernalia” when they were arrested.

“This investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are expected,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a press release Monday. 

In other news, a stolen van has led to charges against three Louisiana residents, sheriff’s officials said. 

Tiffany D. Hawkins, 40, Troy Lee Self, 44, both of Shreveport, La., and David E. Self, 58, of Greensburg, La., were charged with receiving stolen property by the Pike County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday. Hawkins was also charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance.

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The sheriff’s officials received a report around 2 p.m. Saturday that a gold Chrysler Town & Country minivan was stolen in Louisiana and headed north on Interstate 55.

Deputies found the van and David Self allegedly behind the wheel on Airport Fernwood Road near Love’s Travel Stop, where they arrested the three. 

In other recent arrests: 

• James Lee Green, 26, of Summit, was charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance  by the PCSO on Thursday.

• Adrian A. Henson Jr., 31, of McComb, was charged with aggravated assault with use of a deadly weapon and simple assault causing bodily injury by the McComb Police Department on Wednesday.

• Takia L. Jackson, 26, of McComb, was charged with arson of a dwelling  by the PCSO Tuesday.


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