Wild West scenario plays out in Tupelo over weekend

Four of the shooters

It has been a busy week for the Tupelo Police Department. Beginning early Saturday morning the department has been called to investigate a string of murders and shootings. There have been four murders and two shootings in the city in three separate incidents.

At about 1 a.m. Saturday, officers were notified of a possible shooting in front of D’Casa Rancho Grill restaurant on South Gloster Street. While there was evidence of a shooting at the scene, there was no victim present.

Police received notice after 1:30 a.m. that a gunshot victim, 28-year-old Tadarrell Hall of Nettleton, had arrived at the nearby North Mississippi Medical Center by private vehicle and was pronounced dead from his wounds.

Ja’derious Marion, 19, of Plantersville was arrested later Saturday and charged with second degree murder. Tupelo Municipal Court Judge Willie Allen ordered him held without bond in the killing.

Even later Saturday, around 11:45 p.m., police were again called to the scene of shootings at 215 Maynard Street. Three victims were shot and all three died.

One, 21-year-old Norahs Coleman, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other victims – Jessica Pannell, 21, and Robben Wilson, 22 – died early Sunday morning at North Mississippi Medical Center.

Javion Clifton, 16, and Shamar Carroll, 17, were arrested and each charged with three counts of capital murder; they are charged as adults due to the severity of the crimes.

Another two suspects, Taquon A. Garth, 18, and Jaylen Antwan Wells,17, are being sought in the killings but are suspected of fleeing the area. All four suspects are from Tupelo. Garth is a black male, 5’11” and 155 pounds. Wells is a black male, 5’03”, 120 pounds.

Anyone with information about Garth’s or Well’s location is asked to contact TPD or Crime Stoppers of North East MS at the numbers below.

At 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to yet another shooting in the Haven Rentals community in south Tupelo. Two women were shot and transported to North Mississippi Medical Center in critical condition. They have since improved.

The shooter fired into their apartment and several cars as he fled in a blue Hyundai Sonata. Charles Edward Bowden, 39, was chased into the Palmetto community and onto the Natchez Trace Parkway, where he was eventually captured after he abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

Bond for the two counts of aggravated assault was set at $2,200,000. According to Capt. Charles McDougald, Tupelo Police Department public information officer, police are speculating that Bowden was angry because he found out he was to be evicted from the rental property.

Tupelo police are requesting any additional information on these crimes. Call them at 841-6491 or call Crime Stoppers of North East Mississippi at 800-773-TIPS. The Courier obtained mug shots from previous crimes.

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