By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Bond for the man accused of shooting a woman on West Main Street on Saturday was set at $1 million.
Leonard Brown, 28, is charged with aggravated assault for allegedly shooting a woman multiple times after police said two women agreed to give him a ride from Walmart on West Main Street to the hospital.
The 22-year-old shooting victim remained at North Mississippi Medical Center in stable condition Tuesday, according to a family member, and was set for another surgery.
Tupelo Police Detective Steven Wade said Brown approached the women in the Walmart parking lot at about 1 a.m. and asked for a ride to the hospital. Brown allegedly shot the passenger in the car in the head moments after leaving the store. The driver ran and Brown allegedly shot at her as well.
Wade said that after crashing the victim’s car, Brown got back into the car he drove to Walmart in and fled the scene. He was later found in Attala County and brought back to Tupelo.
Brown is also the prime suspect in an armed robbery that happened at a Shannon gas station just hours before the Tupelo shooting. Shannon Police Chief Desiree Kershner said a man held a gun on the clerk and made him empty the ATM machine, fleeing the scene with about $2,900 in cash.
Police also say Brown served some time in prison for a 2008 kidnapping of a woman.
Because Mississippi does not have an attempted murder statute, Tupelo Police Chief Tony Carleton said aggravated assault is the most severe charge that could be placed on Brown.
“I think we need a more serious crime on the books between aggravated assault and murder,” said Carleton. “Our goal is to keep the public safe and I think an attempted murder law would help to do that.”