Waveland P.D. seeks 'person of interest' in shootings
By Ellis C. Cuevas
Apr 19, 2013, 08:59
The Waveland Police Department is seeking a "person of interest" who may have key information in a shooting in Waveland early on Wednesday that left a man in critical condition, Police Chief Kenny Hurt said.
At approximately 12:20 a.m. Wednesday, someone called Central Dispatch reporting a fight between a group of subjects in the 700 block of Morris Street, Hurt said.
"Patrol officers Wesley Losset and Chris Allen arrived at the scene and found that Jouan Newman, 22, of Slidell, had been shot twice, once in his leg and once in his torso," Investigator Eddie Peterson said. "Newman was transported by American Medical Response to Gulfport Memorial Hospital, where he underwent surgery. He is currently in critical-but-stable condition.
"It looks like a physical altercation had taken place between several subjects when one displayed a firearm, allegedly shooting Newman."
"While we were at the Morris Street scene. at approximately 2:45 a.m., dispatch received a call of a residence being shot at on Louisa Street in Waveland. We feel that shooting was also tied to one of the subjects at the Morris Street earlier shooting. Four shots struck the Louisa Street residence."
"We are seeking Jeremy Simpkins, 23, of Waveland as a person who may have some key information in helping solve this case," Hurt said.
Waveland police were assisted at the Morris Street shooting by Hancock County sheriff's deputies and Bay St. Louis police officers, said.
Hurt, who responded to both shootings, is also requesting support from anyone who may have information about the incidents.
"They can contact our office at 228-467-3669, or after hours, at 228-255-9191," Peterson said. "Or they can call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898. Crime Stoppers usually offer rewards for information that results in a conviction following a crime."