On Sept. 1, 2018, just before 2 a.m., the Lee County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to 227 CDF Boulevard in regards to a shooting.
“Most of this region is part of an industrial complex, but this one section of property was never purchased (by CDF) and there’s a house on it. This single structure home has been a convenience store, it’s been vacant and now an individual rents it for private venues,” said Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson.
The building has no signage outside, but inside a sign reads “Mystery Ryderz Motorcycle Club.”
According to the group’s website — “Our mission is to change the basic stereotypes that surround the thoughts of the average motorcycle club.
” Upon our arrival we found an individual who had suffered one fatal gunshot to the head, to the front,” Johnson said.
Octavian Buchanan, of Okolona, 24, had no previous arrests the sheriff was aware of. Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green has sent his body to the Mississippi Crime Laboratory (MCL) in Pearl.
“There was a large group of people at this function. I can tell you we recovered three different calibers of ammunition. So there were at least three weapons on the property,” Johnson said. “We did not recover a weapon that night or the next day and we went over the area with metal detectors. Sunday afternoon, WTVA went to the scene and they discovered a weapon on the ground, in plain view.”
The gun and the casings have been sent to the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) in Quantico, Virginia. “What it will tell us is if this gun has been used in any other crime. We’ll also find out if this gun fired any of the casings found at the crime scene,” Johnson said.
The investigation is on-going to determine the cause of the shooting.
“The shooting took place outside in the parking lot. We have had statements from multiple individuals who said Buchanan walked out of the building, got into an altercation with several individuals and went to a vehicle, possibly his, to get a gun and that’s when the shooting happened,” Johnson said.
According to the group’s website they are having a 6th anniversary party for the Mystery Ryderz on Sept. 8 at the same location, beginning at 9 p.m.
“My dad used to say ‘Son, you need to be home by 11:30 p.m. because there’s nothing good going on after that,” Johnson said. “If anybody was present that night and saw anything, they need to come forward and give us that information.”
Contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Department with any information at 662-680-5766.