We have learned the identity of the victim. Coroner Sharon Grishan Stewart tells us 36-year-old Joe Loggins from Jackson suffered a gunshot wound to his backside. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
One man is dead and another man is hospitalized after an early Saturday morning shoot-out at a Jackson Apartment Complex.
It happened at Southside Terrace Apartments around 1:30 a.m.
Authorities tell NEWS CHANNEL 12 that a 36-year-old was killed after forcing his way into an apartment. But witnesses say there's more to the story.
Blood spatters cover the paint outside apartment 4-C where the man was killed and 19-year-old Xavier Ward was injured.
Justin Lindsey says that's his brother. Both he and Ward were there when the shooting started, Lindsey said.
The group was playing video games inside the apartment when there was a knock at the door, Lindsey said.
"So my cousin answered the door," Lindsey said.
"Everybody said what's up and ten seconds later, 'This what's up. Everybody get down,'" Lindsey said.
"So, you know what i'm saying, my cousin Peewee, he already in a wheelchair so he couldn't basically do anything," Lindsey said.
That's when witnesses said the gunfire started.
Xavier Ward was hit twice - once below his ribs and once in the arm.
Police tell NEWS CHANNEL 12 that their investigation is on-going and someone could be charged with attempted armed robbery, aggravated assault, and murder.
Investigators are not saying if Ward is a suspect.
Lindsey said his brother does not own a gun and is purely a victim.
"My little brother dived over by me, sitting directly next to me, and the dude must have shot him two times. So no my little brother didn't do no shooting," Lindsey said.
"And I'm steady hollering at him 'Xavier. Xavier. Don't move brother. Don't move. Stay still brother,'" Lindsey said.
"The ambulance came. They put him on the stretcher. He kept moving his head from side-to-side. Eyes rolling to the back of his head. And I'm scared. So I'm yelling," Lindsey said.
Doctors would later stabilized his brother. Ward is currently in fair condition at University Medical Center.
Police have not said if they are looking for a third suspect in this case. No description has been released of the second man witnesses accuse of being a part of the robbery.
One man is dead and another is in critical condition after an early Saturday shoot-out at Jackson's Southside Terrace Apartments.
A spokesperson for the Jackson Police Department tells NEWS CHANNEL 12 that a 36-year-old man forced his way into an apartment around 1:30 a.m. and started shooting.
Another person already in the apartment fired back, police said.
A police investigation is on-going and names are not being released at this time - but what is known is that the person already in the apartment was shot twice and is currently receiving treatment at University Medical Center.
That person is in critical condition.
Authorities say the 36-year-old who is accused of forcing his way into the apartment is dead after he was also shot. It is unclear, however, if he died at the scene or while receiving treatment.
Investigators have not said if the men shot each other or if there were more people in the apartment.
NEWS CHANNEL 12 is continuing to follow this story and will have more detail as soon as they become available.
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