Gunfire leaves two wounded in Walnut area

WALNUT – A Ripley woman faces charges after firing one round which wounded two people at a Walnut area residence late Monday night, according to Tippah authorities.

Neither wound is considered life-threatening.

April Alsup, 30, of County Road 502 Ripley, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault. She was being held on $100,000 bond in the Tippah County Jail, records indicated Wednesday.

She is accused of wounding Tina Caldwell and Kevin Walker, whose complete addresses weren’t available. Both are believed to be in their early 30s, according to Tippah County Narcotics Investigator Tommy Garrett.

Garrett said he was dispatched to 2891 County Road 100 about 11:30 p.m. Monday after Tippah authorities received a 911 call.

At the residence a witness told the investigator that Alsup had shot Caldwell and Walker. Caldwell is a relative of the owner of the house, who was out of town when the shooting took place.

Statements from those involved indicated that Walker walked outside, looked for cigarettes in Alsup’s purse in a vehicle, and found a .45 semi-automatic pistol.

He then went back inside with the pistol, and a disagreement erupted between him and Alsup in the living room area.

Alsup took the pistol away from Walker. During the struggle the weapon discharged once. The round went through Caldwell’s abdomen and lodged in Walker’s abdomen. After he was shot, Walker took the gun from Alsup, Garrett has been told.

None of the three were at the scene when Garrett arrived. Alsup was arrested at a neighbor’s residence shortly afterward by Deputy Tommy Mason.

Walker drove himself, with Caldwell in the back seat, to Magnolia Regional Hospital in Corinth for treatment of their wounds.

Walker and Caldwell were treated and released from the hospital Tuesday.

Hank Wiesner/Southern Sentinel

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