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Homicide victims in separate shootings identified, people of interest sought

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The names and ages of two people shot and killed in two separate Sunday afternoon shootings have been released to the public, according to a Monday afternoon news release from the Jackson Police Department.

Police said 20-year-old Justin Williams, of Jackson, was shot outside a residence in the first shooting and was later pronounced dead at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. The shooting, which occurred on the 2000 block of N. Royal St., was reported around 1:26 p.m. Sunday.

Nearly four hours later, a second shooting occurred three miles away, outside Parkway East Apartments, located at 33 Carver Ave. A 17-year-old boy named Shomari Peterson, Jr. was killed and a 21-year-old man was injured. Both victims are from Jackson, the release said and the shooting was reported around 5:07 p.m. Sunday.

The 21-year-old victim remains in the hospital in stable condition. His identity is not being released for safety reasons, police said.

The release said JPD’s Major Crimes Bureau investigators have made progress in the homicide cases and have developed two people of interest in the N. Royal St. shooting and two people in the Parkway East Apartments’ shooting.

Police also said the shootings don't appear to be linked and there is no known connection between the sets of people of interest.

Investigators believe the people have vital information about the shootings, but are not identifying any of them at this time. police are implementing thorough search measures to find them.

Jackson City Councilman Johnny Dodd took to Facebook after hearing about the fatal shootings and said, "Our city need(s) to pray!"

"Lord, touch our city right now," Dodd wrote in his Facebook post. "Our young men need you. Lord, touch the mothers, give them strength to make it. Lord, give our community the knowledge to know it (is) ok to help your neighbor. Lord, we give you all (the) glory! In the name of Jesus."

Police are asking anyone with information about the shootings to call JPD's Major Crimes Bureau at 731-425-8676 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 731-424-8477 (TIPS). You can also submit a cyber tip at jmcrimestoppers.org and click on “web tips”.

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