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Suspects sought in apt. shooting

August 16, 2010

Starkville police are seeking help from the public in identifying at least two men — possibly more — involved in a shooting incident at a north Starkville apartment complex late Sunday night.
The men are wanted in connection with an incident in which at least five shots from a 9-milimeter handgun were fired into a first-floor apartment in Building 23 at the Brookville Gardens apartment complex Sunday night.
The incident was reported at 9:50 p.m. Sunday, said Police Department Sgt. Chadd Garnett on Monday.
Four people were believed to have been in the apartment at the time of the shooting incident, but none were wounded by the gunfire, said Garnett, who would release information on the apartment’s residents on Monday.
The bullets were fired into the closed front door of the apartment and struck multiple walls and some furniture in the living room, Garnett said. All the family members in the apartment were in rear bedrooms at the time, Garnett said.
Police recovered multiple bullets and shell casings at the apartment, he said.
The suspects were seen fleeing on foot from the apartment building after the shots were fired, but the victims were not able to provide a clothing description Garnett said. SPD detectives were still working to identify the suspects on Monday, Garnett said.
“It’s still a continuing investigation,” Garnett said. “From what we’ve been able to determine so far, the shooting stemmed from a disturbance that happened at the apartment a few moments prior to the incident.”
The suspects, once apprehended, could each face a charge of shooting into an occupied dwelling. Conviction on that offense could result in a prison sentence of up to 10 years, a $5,000 fine or both, according to state law.
Other charges are possible, Garnett said.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting incident is encouraged to call Garnett at the Starkville Police Department at 323-4131 or call the Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-530-7151.
All Crime Stoppers tips are confidential and could result in a reward of up to $1,000 for the caller if the tip leads to an arrest in this case or any felony crime.

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