Suspects arrested after shooting injures 2 in Hattiesburg; 1 suspect charged with attempted murder

2 arrested in recent Hattiesburg shooting
Published: May. 19, 2023 at 11:37 AM CDT
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - Two Hattiesburg men are in jail, one accused of attempted murder and the other charged with hindering prosecution, after a shooting injured two people last weekend.

According to the Hattiesburg Police Department, 18-year-old Timaja Virgil was charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder and criminal street gang activity while 20-year-old Erik Yarborough was charged with hindering prosecution and criminal street gang activity. HPD said both men were arrested on Thursday.

L to R: Timaja Virgil and Erik Yarborough
L to R: Timaja Virgil and Erik Yarborough(Forrest County Sheriff's Office)

On Saturday, May 13, at approximately 2:30 a.m., HPD officers responded to a shooting incident at the intersection of 7th Street and North 26th Avenue.

At the scene, officers found two people with gunshot wounds. Both victims were transferred to local hospitals and later released.

The suspects reportedly fled the scene.

Both men are now booked into the Forrest County Adult Detention Center.

The Forrest County Sheriff’s Office, 12 NET Narcotics and Lamar County Sheriff’s Office also assisted with the arrest.

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