Third suspect arrested in USM student shooting

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg authorities have arrested a third suspect in the weekend shooting of three University if Southern Miss football players.

U.S. Marshals, Gulfport Police and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Van Allen Myers, 23, of Prentiss in Gulfport on Thursday.

He is being charged with accessory before the fact of aggravated assault.

Two other residents of Prentiss appeared in Forrest County Justice Court Wednesday charged as accessories after the fact in the shooting.

Patricia L. Brown, 49, and Cleothus Wilkerson, 25, are now each being held on $500,000 bond at Forrest County Jail after appearing before Judge George Schmidt. Patricia is the mother of Travis Brown, 29, who is suspected as the shooter. Brown has yet to be captured.

Brown, who was on parole for cocaine possession, is a black male, six feet in height weighing 185 pounds. He is listed by the Mississippi Department of Corrections as living at 55 Cheyene Circle in Purvis.

Forrest County Sheriff's office, Forrest General Hospital Police, U.S. Marshals, Hattiesburg and USM police worked together to make the arrests.

Police said anyone who aids Brown will also be charged.

The students were shot outside of Remington's Hunt Club in Hattiesburg early Sunday morning. School officials say all three are in fair condition at a local hospital.

Sgt. Allen Murray with the Hattiesburg Police Department said an altercation took place inside the Hunt Club off Hwy 49 around 1:20 a.m. which then moved outside of the night club where one person opened fire, seriously injuring the players.