By NEMS Daily Journal
UPDATE AT 6 p.m.: Leonard Brown, the man suspected in Saturday morning’s shooting in west Tupelo, has been taken into custody in Attala County.
Press Release from Tupelo Police Department …
On Saturday Morning, at about 1 a.m., Tupelo Police were dispatched to a call of a person had been shot on West Main Street close to Bissell Road. Officers arrived and found the victim, a 22 year old female, lying in the roadway. The victim had been shot with a large caliber weapon.
Investigation revealed that the suspect had approached the victim and another female at a local business and asked for a ride to the hospital. The suspect got into the vehicle and all three left the parking lot. The suspect then requested they head west on Main Street. When they got around Bissell Road, the suspect pulled a pistol and shot the passenger in the back of the head, the second victim stopped the car and ran, the suspect then pulled the passenger from the vehicle and shot her again. The suspect left in the victim’s car and wrecked it close to the original location, where he got into the vehicle he had originally arrived in. The vehicle was a green 1994 Honda Accord with an Attala County tag, # ATH-027. The suspect was later identified as Leonard E. Brown, from Attala County, MS.
Tupelo Police currently has an arrest warrant on the suspect for aggravated assault, he is described as a black male, approx. 5’7” tall and weighs approx 160 lbs, 28 years old. He is considered armed and dangerous.
Further investigation reveals this suspect may be responsible for the Armed Robbery of the Texaco Store in Shannon the same night.
Anyone with information as to where Leonard Brown is are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-7730-TIPS, or your local law enforcement agency.
UPDATE 4:10 p.m.: Shannon Police Chief Desiree Kershner said the department believes the suspect in the shooting is also involved in an armed robbery last night in Shannon. The investigation continues in that crime.
UPDATE 4:18 p.m. – Police are still looking for a suspect in this shooting. They say the man they are looking for is Leonard Brown, 28, from Attala County. More soon on him.
UPDATE 11:15 a.m.: Tupelo Police are searching for a dark green Honda Accord with a headlight out they believe is driven by a suspect involved in a shooting incident early Saturday morning in the city.
The incident started around 1:15 a.m. at the West Main Walmart when the suspect approached two women and asked for a ride. The women gave the suspect a ride. While in the car at Bissell and West Main the suspect shot one of the women. The other woman got out of the vehicle and ran. Police believe the man was trying to rob the women when the shooting took place. The suspect pulled the other woman out of the vehicle shot her again and took off in the vehicle. That vehicle was later crashed on Foster Street.
Authorities believe the suspect then came back to Walmart to get his car – the dark green Honda Accord.
The shooting victim’s name has not been released. She is in critical but stable condition according to authorities.
No other details have been released at this point and the investigation is continuing.
Police and medical units responded early Saturday to a report of a woman shot in the head, then struck by a car on Highway 6 near the Tupelo city limit. Sources indicate the woman was shot multiple times.
The first scanner call came about 1:40 a.m., for medical units to respond to the scene. The suspected shooter fled the scene in an older model four-door sedan, which apparently was later wrecked on North Foster Street.
Officers were seeking a black male, 5-foot-8, about 21 years old, wearing a gray hoodie. A K9 unit was brought in to assist.
A second woman was in the car at the time of the shooting incident and fled the vehicle at that time.
“Female has gunshot wound to the head and has been run over. Is still breathing,” according to a police radio report from the scene.
The woman was transported by ambulance to the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Police shut down Walmart on West Main Street around 2 a.m. looking for suspects, and when trying to figure out what was happening with an abandoned car on Foster Street. That abandoned car was the shooting victim’s car. A K9 unit was searching in the area near Starbucks, Wendy’s and McDonalds in the Foster Street area.
According to Tupelo Police Lt. Tim Tate, an unknown male with a hooded sweatshirt approached two women at Walmart and approached two women asking for a ride. Shortly after a call came in that a woman had been shot.
The shooting suspect is on Walmart surveillance with the women, according to Lt. Tim Tate. He reportedly crashed the victim’s car on Foster Street while fleeing Walmart. He then ran back to Walmart to get back to his car. People passing by saw the incident and called the police.
More as it is available.