October 5, 2021

Deadly start to October in Jackson; Mayor speaks out

Mary Apel

Jackson had a deadly start to the month of October, with three killings in the first four days of the month.

One of them took place Friday at a South Jackson home off of Shady Lane Drive.

The victim is 42-year-old James Wood. Wood’s family says he leaves behind six children, a grandchild, and another grandchild on the way.

According to Jackson police public information Officer Sam Brown, the second shooting was reported at about 8 a.m., near Livingston Road and Ridgeway Street.

Brown said Lorenzo Gaston, 27, told officers that he had been robbed and assaulted.

“Gaston was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Upon his arrival, doctors discovered he had a gunshot wound to his head,” Brown said. “Gaston was taken into surgery and succumbed to his injuries.”

This third shooting, as previously reported here, occurred early Monday morning near Gallatin Street.

Nineteen-year-old Eddie Richardson was shot twice and transported to University Medical Center by private vehicle where he later died.

At a press conference Monday afternoon, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba spoke to the importance of community policing in combatting the city’s crime problems.

The mayor mentioned several upcoming events like the annual National Night Out Against Crime and the Peace in the Streets 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Two events, he said, that will engage law enforcement in the community.

“As we look at questions of crime, as we look at all of the nefarious activities that we see throughout our city, it will be our unity that allows us to overcome,” Lumumba said.

Anyone with information about either shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS

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