Verona property owner identified as shooting victim

By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal

VERONA – The owner of a Verona apartment unit where a fatal shooting took place Friday has been identified as the one killed.
Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green said Saturday the person who died of a gunshot wound to the head was 46-year-old Jeya Suppiah. He died in the office of Bailey Apartments.
Verona Mayor Bobby Williams said Suppiah owned the Bailey Apartments on Raymond Avenue as well as other properties in the city.
“We just hate that happened,” he said. “Something like that is just unfortunate – that someone had to lose their life like that.”
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.
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.
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.
jb.clark@journalinc.com