Teenager charged for shooting in downtown Purvis, police chief says

It was reported that two people were in custody, but Purvis Police Chief Joey Walker said the other person has since been released.
Published: Nov. 14, 2023 at 9:56 AM CST
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PURVIS, Miss. (WDAM) - A teenager is being charged for his involvement in a shooting that happened in downtown Purvis Tuesday morning.

According to Purvis Police Chief Joey Walker, a 17-year-old male is in custody following the shooting that took place near Martin Luther King Drive and Shelby Speights Drive.

Walker says the teenager is being charged with the following charges:

  • Attempted aggravated assault
  • Shooting in an occupied dwelling
  • Possession of a stolen firearm
  • Malicious mischief

Earlier, it was reported that two people were in custody for the shooting, with the teenager being arrested by law enforcement and the other person, who was an adult, turned himself in.

Now, Walker says the adult subject has been released after surveillance video from a business near the scene showed that he did not shoot back during the incident.

According to the police chief, two handguns were recovered from the scene by police, but only one of them was used during the shooting.

No injuries were reported, according to the police chief.

Two people are now in custody following a shooting that happened in downtown Purvis Tuesday morning.

Lamar County School District Superintendent Dr. Steven Hampton said Purvis area schools were placed on a soft lockdown that has since been lifted. Below is a statement of what the school district sent to parents:

There was an incident that involved the discharging of a firearm in the Purvis city limits this morning. We put the schools in a soft lockdown until the local Police Department gave the all-clear, and the shooter was in custody. There is no threat to student and local PD have increased patrol today.

Lamar County School District

Walker said it is unclear at this time what led up to the shooting.

The investigation is ongoing to determine if others may have been involved.

Updates will be added whenever new information becomes available.

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