Two arrested, two wanted in Waynesboro gang-related violence
WAYNESBORO, MS (WDAM) - Waynesboro police released more information Wednesday on a series of gang-related crimes that have left two dead since late March.
Two suspects are behind bars in connection with the crimes and police are searching for two others believed to be armed and dangerous.
Aaron Paul McClendon is in custody and charged with first-degree murder in the April 26 shooting of DreCharles Henry and two counts of weapons possession by a felon. His bond was set at $2 million on Wednesday.
Mallie McGrew is also in custody and charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder and two counts of accessory after the fact to aggravated assault with a firearm in connection with an April 21 shooting that killed 34-year-old Kamarcus West and left two others injured.
Police are searching for Omni Tajor Turner and Kaeshawn Damonta Turner in connection with the April 21 shooting. Omni is wanted for first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault. Kaeshawn Turner has active warrants for accessory to first-degree murder and accessory to two counts of aggravated assault.
“They are both entered on NCIC and we will apprehend them one way or the another," said WPD Chief Investigator Don Hopkins. “All agencies have been notified. The areas have been notified to look for these individuals and if any citizens see these individuals, I request that you notify your local law enforcement agency and let us handle it. These two here are extremely dangerous. They are armed, and they do not hesitate to kill.”
Hopkins said Kaeshawn is a lieutenant for the Vice Lords gang and Omni is an enforcer for the gang. The two men are related, according to police.
The Sandusky Police Department in Ohio said Omni has been confirmed to be in the Sandusky area, according to a Wednesday night SPD Facebook post.
The gang violence began on March 28 when an altercation occurred between McClendon, a member of the Gangster Disciple gang, and a member of the Vice Lords, according to Hopkins. The altercation led to the Vice Lords member being stabbed twice in the back of the neck. Hopkins said the stabbing victim refused to cooperate with investigators.
Hopkins said police responded to a shooting the next morning on Gray Street. Police determined that Kaeshawn attempted to kill McClendon, though McClendon was not injured.
Approximately 15 minutes later, police received a call from Kaeshawn, claiming he fired at McClendon only after McClendon shot at his vehicle. Hopkins said investigators determined there was no evidence to support this claim, and McClendon was not armed at the time.
Another shooting occurred on the night of March 30 on Gray Street. Hopkins said Kaeshwan allegedly shot up a vehicle belonging to a relative of McClendon. Police investigated and issued a warrant for Kaeshwan’s arrest on a charge of felony malicious mischief.
Hopkins said things calmed down until the April 21 murder of West. The Gangster Disciples retaliated for his murder on April 26 and killed Henry, who was a member of the Vice Lords, according to police.
The investigation is ongoing. Ross said anyone with information that could help investigators should call the Waynesboro Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 601-428-7867.
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