UPDATE: Identity of man who died after shooting at Verona apartments released

By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal

UPDATE: Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green identified the person killed in Verona Friday night as Jeya Suppiah, 46.
He died of a gunshot wound to the head in the office of the Bailey Apartments in Verona.
Verona Mayor Bobby Williams said Suppiah owned the Bailey Apartments as well as other properties in the city.
Another person reportedly was injured in the shooting and was transported to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Apartment residents, who asked not to be named, said they were in their apartments when they heard three shots fired sometime between 5:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Friday. The 911 call came at 5:46 p.m.

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One confirmed dead in Verona apartment shooting

VERONA – Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green confirmed one person died in a shooting at the Bailey Apartments in Verona on Friday night.
Apartment residents, who asked not to be named, said they were in their apartments when they heard three shots fired sometime between 5:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Friday. The 911 call came at 5:46 p.m.
Another person reportedly was injured in the shooting and was transported to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Verona police, Lee County Sheriff’s deputies, Tupelo police and Shannon police responded to the scene, fanning out and searching the area for a suspect who reportedly left the scene immediately.
The Tupelo Police Department helicopter hovered over the apartment complex, searching the woods with a spotlight shortly after the report.
Residents milled around the apartment parking lot as emergency crews loaded one person into an ambulance and began investigating the scene inside the apartment office.
Residents said after hearing the three shots, they came outside and saw one tall, light-skinned man standing behind the apartment office but said he, “didn’t stick around.”
According to law enforcement, police were searching Friday night for a light-skinned black male that was about 6 feet, 4 inches tall, weighing about 240 pounds and last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, black toboggan and black and gray gloves.
Police officials also said residents heard shots but they had not talked to anyone who saw the shooting take place.
A Verona Police spokesperson said they are going to search the entire complex along Raymond Avenue before confirming how many were shot.
jb.clark@journalinc.com