VERONA, Miss. (WTVA) – Verona police are looking for a man accused of shooting someone eight times in an attempted robbery.
Verona police say the shooting happened Wednesday, October 18 sometime near 9:30 p.m.
The victim, Charles Lindsey, says he was heading to his vehicle when another man came out from behind bushes holding two pistols and said, “drop it off.”
A struggle between the two followed. Lindsey was shot eight times as a result.
A neighbor says he was at home when the shots rang out.
“Right when you first hear it, you don’t realize it’s a gun," said Junior Binkard, who's lived in the neighborhood for about 20 years. "The first thought is, it’s fireworks that’s the first thought, and then you think well I better check.”
Lindsey’s friend was grazed by a bullet. Both men have been released from the hospital.
Binkard said he saw someone in the Lindsey's yard about 15 minutes before the shooting.
“I’d seen someone standing in the shadows, but being a neighborhood we never had trouble, we never have fights," Binkard said. "So to see someone standing there, you don’t think about that.”
A pastor who lives just next door to the family said he and his family don't feel safe in the neighborhood.
“I love living in Verona, but I have a wife and two kids," Pastor Marqcus Jernigan of Restoration Empowerment Ministries. "So at the end of the day it’s my job to protect my wife and two kids. We’re moving from Verona to a place where I know we won’t have to deal with this foolishness.”
The shooter is described as black male, about 5’10” in height, with a medium complexion, wearing jeans and a blue jacket, possibly wearing white shoes.
If you have any information, you’re asked to call Verona police at 662-566-2215.