Bond set at $500,000 in club shooting

By Danza Johnson / NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Bond was set at $500,000 Monday for the man accused in a fatal nightclub shooting New Year’s Day.
Darwin Rakell Penrose, 24, of 505 Cemetery Road, Baldwyn, is charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Bradley Triplett, 20, of Tupelo.
The shooting happened Saturday morning at Club I-Con on McCullough Boulevard.
The bond for Penrose was set Monday and he remains in the Lee County Jail.
Tupelo Police Chief Tony Carleton said the shooting stemmed from an incident inside the club.
According to witnesses, the two individuals got into a confrontation inside the building. Both were escorted out by security, and when Triplett tried to re-enter the establishment he was shot several times. His body was found in the doorway.
Carleton wondered why the 20-year-old Triplett was allowed to attend the club anyway.
A sign on the door of Club I-Con states that no one under the age of 21 is allowed to enter.
“It’s a big concern for us when someone underage was allowed in the club in the first place,” said Carleton. “A lot more attention is going to be paid to this club now that this has happened. If they can’t get into regulation we are going to do everything in our power to shut it down.”
Club I-Con owner Rodney Shumpert said the business will be closed indefinitely.
“Club I-Con will be closed so we can re-evaluate some things,” Shumpert said. “We never meant for this to happen. Our prayers go out to the Triplett family.
“The club is not important at this time. Someone lost their life and it shouldn’t have happened.”
Shumpert did not specify when or if Club I-Con will reopen.
Conact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.