Hattiesburg homicide victim identified, suspect arrested

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg Police have identified the victim in the Wednesday afternoon shooting as 25 year old Rogerick Balam.

Balam was found lying in the backyard of a residence on Bernice Avenue with at least one gun shot wound. Balam was transported to a local hospital were he was pronounced dead.

James Harold Smith, 18 of Hattiesburg was arrested by the Hattiesburg Police Strike Team within four hours of the shooting.

Smith is being held at the Forrest County Jail and bond has been set at $750,000.

This is the 7th homicide inside the Hattiesburg city limits in 2011 and the third within blocks of the police station.

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