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Shots fired at house twice in a week’s time tied to homicide, police say

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Three people are being questioned by police in connection to a Monday night shooting, according to a Tuesday night news release from the Jackson Police Department. Police said the shooting is believed to be tied to a homicide that occurred last week.

Police said around 10:50 p.m. Monday, officers responded to a call about shots being fired on Holland Avenue. Officers determined that shots were fired into a house, which is located at 88 Holland Avenue. Shell casings were recovered from the scene.

This is the second shooting at the same house on Holland Avenue in a series of shootings that have occurred in Jackson in a week.

Officers spotted a car, which was believed to be involved in the shooting, and attempted to stop the car. The car drove off and officers chased the car.

Police said the car crashed into a pole in the 600 block of Lexington Avenue. A male passenger, who is 16 years old, was ejected from the car and three other males fled. The 20-year-old female driver, was taken into custody for questioning.

The juvenile, who was ejected from the car, was transported to the Regional Medical Center (The Med) at Memphis and is listed in serious condition. Police said they anticipate filing charges on him once he is released from the hospital.

Police said three guns were recovered from the car.

During the ongoing investigation into Monday night's shooting, investigators searched a house, located at 123 Walsh St., around 12:15 p.m. Tuesday. Police said evidence was collected from the house and two males, ages 17 and 20, were taken into custody for questioning.

The incident remains under investigation and the names of the adults are being withheld pending any formal charges.

During a news conference last week, Jackson Police Deputy Chief Barry Michael said around 1:20 a.m. on Nov. 5, officers were dispatched to the same house, where shots had been fired at the house.

“It was struck by several bullets,” Michael said. “We did recover shell casings outside and some bullets were also discovered inside the home. There were people at home at the time but there were not any injuries.”

Jackson Police Captain Tyreece Miller said police believe the shootings are tied to the homicide of 23-year-old Alexander Merriweather, of Jackson. Merriweather is the city’s ninth homicide victim, out of ten, this year. What that connection is was not released Tuesday night.

At 11:40 p.m. Nov. 4, Michael said police were sent to East Pointe Apartments, located at 504 Daughterty, where Merriweather was found dead after being shot multiple times.

“He was sitting in the living room of an apartment when he was shot,” Michael said last week. “He did not live in that apartment.”

Michael said it is unknown if Merriweather lived in the apartment complex.

Miller said the question of whether or not these shootings are gang-related is part of an ongoing investigation.

Since last week, there have been several shootings, resulting in injuries and two homicides, that of Merriweather and 26-year-old Deandre Thomas, of Jackson.

Police are asking that anyone with information on this case contact the Jackson Police Department's Major Crimes Bureau at 731-425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-8477 (TIPS). You can also submit a cyber tip at jmcrimestoppers.org and click on “web tips”.

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