JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The 20-year-old suspect accused in a shooting that happened near the University of Mississippi Medical Center was denied bond in his initial court appearance Tuesday.
Jackson police have made an arrest in a shooting that happened a little over a week ago, leaving two children injured.
The suspect has been identified as 20-year-old Alcantara Garner. His mother took him to police headquarters Monday evening to turn himself in.
The children suffered non-life-threatening injuries and have since been released from the hospital.
Garner was driving a family member’s vehicle, and he is not saying at this time why he shot into the car.
He is being charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle.
Garner pleaded “not guilty” to previous misdemeanor charges that he faced for traffic violations. Those are unrelated to the recent shooting. He was denied bond for all the felony charges.
During today’s court appearance, Garner’s public defender said Garner has been shot before, has a metal plate in his leg and receives social security disability because of his injuries.
The public defender requested a mental evaluation for Garner because they believe he may suffer from PTSD due to his past encounters with violence.
At last check, the judge did not approve that order.
Garner is expected to appear in court for his preliminary hearing next year.
A date for that court appearance has not been set.
Garner was driving a black Nissan Sentra with a Cannon Nissan paper tag at time time of the shooting.
The vehicle was recovered on November 30 at Covington Park Apartments in south Jackson.
Numerous tips were received through the Crime Stoppers hotline, and using some of that information, investigators were able to have several felony warrants issued for Garner’s arrest.
No weapon has been recovered at this time.
This is an ongoing investigation and we will update this story as more information becomes available.