June 5, 2021

Shooting described on Facebook by neighbor believed by police to be retaliation

Therese Apel

A neighbor took photos of appeared to be and ended up being Jackson's latest homicide.

A Jackson resident took to Facebook Friday night to tell the story of what ended up being a violent homicide.

Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart confirmed Saturday morning that 23-year-old Jertia Delois Evans was the victim of a homicide on Barbara Ann Drive Friday.

The Facebook user posted grainy cell phone photos from the scene, describing it as “the loudest gunfire I’ve ever heard.”

“So the house two doors down just got shot up with machine gun fire. And there’s the stretcher. Meanwhile I’m sitting on my back porch with my laptop thinking somebody is blowing up firecrackers. Now the entire precinct is on my street with crime tape,” the neighbor posted.

Jackson Police Department says the incident took place around 1:30 a.m.  Evans was struck by one bullet as she sat outside her home, according to JPD spokesman Sam Brown.

The suspect vehicle is believed to be a dark colored Ford escape.

“Multiple rounds were recovered from both a .223 assault rifle and one round from a .40 caliber weapon,” said Brown in a text Saturday afternoon.

The neighbor’s description on social media painted the picture of the coroner’s van on scene.

“This is the second stretcher. It got put into a van, and the van is not going anywhere. That can’t be good,” the neighbor wrote. “Edit: just heard very loud sobbing so I’m assuming the worst. Maybe it will be on the news. Maybe it won’t.”

The neighbor reported seeing two bullet casings in his own yard, as well as possibly more than 20 others up and down the street.

Brown says the incident was believed to be retaliation for an incident earlier in the week in which someone was allegedly robbed for $300.

As more information is released on this incident, Darkhorse Press will keep you updated.

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