Thursday, December 29, 2011
Suspects sought in drive-by shooting
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies are seeking two suspects identified in a drive-by shooting on Highway 72 early Christmas morning.
One victim is dead, a second was airlifted to The Med in Memphis, Tenn., and four others were treated at the scene, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson. They were all traveling in the same car.
Dickerson believes the incident resulted from a gang-related rivalry.
Investigators believe a dispute between one or more of the suspects and one or more members of the other group began at a night club in the Slayden area. He said it continued to a service station, where more words were exchanged and there was possible physical contact between one or more of the suspects and victims. The two vehicles left the service station and proceeded along Highway 72 West.
The time of the shooting is believed to be around 2:54 a.m., December 25, at the 3400 block of Highway 72, Dickerson said
A passenger in the suspects’ vehicle is believed to have opened fire upon the other vehicle as the two vehicles proceeded along the highway, he said. The driver of the suspects’ vehicle is also believed to have fired into the the victims’ vehicle in which six individuals from the Memphis area were riding, Dickerson said. Assault rifles were used, he said. Numerous bullet holes were found punctured along the driver’s side of the victims’ car.
An intense manhunt was still on for the two suspects Tuesday. Dickerson said he hopes the suspects will turn themselves in peacefully to law enforcement in Mississippi or Tennessee.
The driver of the suspects’ vehicle has been identified as Cory Albright, 31, who goes by many aliases and is from the Rossville, Tenn., area. He is being sought on a warrant for arrest on one count of murder and on numerous counts of aggravated assault, the sheriff said.
Also being sought is the passenger in the suspects’ vehicle, Rico R. Fleming, 22, of the Moscow, Tenn., area, on a warrant charging one count of murder and numerous aggravated assault related charges.
He added that Mississippi Statute 97-3-109 addresses the penalties for drive-by shootings. Anyone convicted of the crime can be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, he said.
The suspects have been listed on the NCIC and a be- on-the-look-out has been issued for the two suspects.
The deceased was identified as 16-year-old Derica Patterson of the Memphis area. Her brother, Derrick Patterson of Memphis, was also injured.
The ages and addresses of the other victims have not been released by authorities but all are from the Memphis area, Dickerson said. The remaining victims are Tyson Guy, Marcus Morris, and Jasmine Brown of Memphis.
Dickerson said the vehicle driven by the suspects is believed to have been registered to a friend of Albright’s who lives in the Cayce area of Marshall County. He said investigators have no reason to believe the owner of the vehicle driven by the suspects knew about how the vehicle was being used.
Dickerson said he is releasing the name of the suspects due to the past history of one of them and in the interest of public safety.
“We are encouraging the suspects to surrender peacefully in order to prevent any further violent action that could result from this incident,” Dickerson said.
The sheriff praised members of the public and confidential informants who provided leads that, he said, “proved accurate and reliable.”
He also expressed gratitude to his investigative team, Maj. Kelly McMillen, and investigators Jason Mills, Tammy Thompson, and Cody Teel, who worked alongside him on the case without ceasing from Christmas Day through Monday this week. They rested a little Monday night and were back on the case early Tuesday pursuing leads.
As the investigation continued Tuesday, he said authorities have received tips that there may have been two more suspects in the suspects’ vehicle. Investigators are looking into that lead.
Anyone with information concerning this incident or any other crime in Marshall County is encouraged to contact the sheriff’s department at 662-252-1311 or call Crime Stoppers at 800-729-2169. All information will be kept confidential.
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