Two suspects sought in Wednesday drive-bys

Jim Gaines
Staff Writer

Starkville police now have warrants out for two of the three men wanted in connection with two drive-by shootings Wednesday.
Corey Dywane Quinn, 26, of Woodland – who is also known as “Smooth” – and Derek Javonte Hardnett, 21, of Starkville – known as “Magic” – are considered armed and dangerous, according to a news release from Caryl Prichard of the Starkville Police Department. Anyone spotting them is urged to call 911, and should not approach them, police said. No information has been released on the third suspect.
The first drive-by shooting took place at 109 Tabor St. during the day Wednesday. The second was Wednesday evening at Camelot Apartments, 1040 North Montgomery St., police said. No one was reported injured in either incident.
After the second drive-by, police chased a black sedan from the scene to 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, police said.
That spurred Mississippi State University to put out a Maroon Alert on campus at 8:04 p.m., but it was lifted within two hours.
At the first shooting scene officers arrested Dominique Beasley, also known as Dominique Roberts, 25, of Starkville; but his charges were not immediately linked to the shooting incident.
At Haven 12 Apartments, officers arrested Nia Kamyra Smith, 19, identified as an MSU student. Police identified her as the driver of the black sedan.
Quinn and Hardnett are wanted in connection with the second shooting, and are named as “persons of interest” in the earlier shooting. Anyone with information on the case or their whereabouts is asked to call Starkville police at 662-323-4131 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151.