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Second shooting suspect charged in teen's homicide and wounding of man

Jakeli Waller, 21, of Jackson, has been charged for the first-degree murder of 17-year-old Shomari Peterson and the attempted first-degree murder of a 21-year-old man.
The Jackson Police Department

A second suspect has been charged in the second fatal shooting that occurred Sunday afternoon, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department. Police said they are not searching for anymore suspects in that shooting.

The release said 21-year-old Jakeli Waller, of Jackson, has been charged for the first-degree murder of 17-year-old Shomari Peterson and the attempted first-degree murder of a 21-year-old man. Waller, who is being held at Madison County Jail, is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges at 8 a.m. Friday in Jackson City Court, via video link.

Waller, who was developed as a person of interest in the shooting, was taken in for questioning by police around 9 p.m. Tuesday in Jackson.

Police said their investigation revealed that Waller and a 17-year-old boy shot into a crowd of people outside Parkway East Apartments, located at 33 Carver Ave. around 5 p.m. Sunday. Peterson and the 21-year-old man were struck by gunfire.

The 21-year-old victim, who is in stable condition at a local hospital, has not been identified by police for safety concerns.

The 17-year-old suspect was also charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in the fatal shooting.

The teen, who was arrested on Monday, had a detention hearing on Tuesday. It was following that hearing that the Madison County Juvenile Court Judge Christy R. Little ordered the teen be held pending a transfer hearing.

The release said District Attorney General James (Jerry) G. Woodall, of the 26th Judicial District, has indicated that his office will file a motion to have the teen tried as an adult in the shootings.

A second shooting at the apartment complex was reported Thursday morning.

Police said a 30-year-old remained in stable condition Thursday afternoon after being shot Thursday morning.

Police said they were called around 9:42 a.m. about a shooting at Parkway East Apartments, located at 33 Carver Ave. The victim was transported, by ambulance, to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, for a gunshot wound. The man was admitted into the hospital and remained in stable condition Thursday afternoon.

The release said investigators with JPD's Major Crimes Bureau spoke with the man, attempting to get more information about the shooting. But, the victim did not provide any useful information to aid in their investigation.

Police said they have no suspect description at this time and are trying to determine, what if any, connection exists between this shooting and the other recent shootings in Jackson.

Police are asking that anyone with information contact JPD's Major Crimes Bureau at 731-425-8400 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".