Police searching for suspects after Maroon Alert

By: 
Jim Gaines
Staff Writer

Police made two arrests in connection with two Wednesday drive-by shootings, the second of which briefly put Mississippi State University's campus on emergency alert; but three male suspects are still sought.
No one is reported injured from either incident.
The first drive-by shooting took place at 109 Tabor St. during the day Wednesday, according to a news release from Cheryl Pritchard of the Starkville Police Department.Then Wednesday evening another drive-by shooting took place at Camelot Apartments, 1040 North Montgomery St., police said.
Officers chased a black sedan from that scene to near Haven 12 Apartments, 960 Highway 12 East. Three men bailed out of the car and fled on foot, running into the adjacent Thad Cochran Research Park, according to police.
At 8:04 p.m. MSU sent out a Maroon Alert, reporting shots fired at Haven 12 Apartments. University spokesman Sid Salter said the MSU emergency response center was being partially activated.
Arrested were Dominique Beasley, also known as Dominique Roberts; and Nia Kamyra Smith, according to police. Police identified Smith as driver of the car in the second shooting, and said she may have been involved in the first; but Starkville Police Chief Frank Nichols said it's unknown whether Beasley was involved; he was arrested at the Tabor Street scene and faces unrelated charges.

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