Clarksdale is seeing about a shooting a week where someone is injured by gunfire and police are asking for the communities help in stopping the violence.
A shooting on Highway 61 put a vehicle into a ditch and apparently sent a man to the hospital over the weekend, both incidents are under investigation by the Clarksdale Police and police reports did not say if the two incidents are linked.
Police reports said authorities got a call in reference to a vehicle being in a ditch in the 14000 block of Highway 61 over the weekend and officers arriving at the scene saw where the vehicle had been shot.
Police reports did not give the day, time or type vehicle involved in the incident.
The report did say police later got a call from Delta Health – Clarksdale reporting a man in the emergency room suffering from a gunshot wound.
Police reports did not give the extent of the injuries or the name, age or address of the alleged victim or details or description of the alleged shooter, possible motive or where the shooting took place.
The incident is under investigation and is being listed as an aggravated assault.
Aggravated assault is defined as injury or threat to a person to make them fear for their life. It is punishable by up to 20-years in prison and a $10,000 fine. An adult who assaults a juvenile can find the penalty enhanced to 30-years in prison.
Aggravated assault is a felony and shooting into a home can also be deemed a felony if prosecutors and judges wish to pursue it.
Also over the weekend the Clarksdale Police Department responded to two calls of shots fired.
• Lorna Place - shots fired, nothing found
• 500 block of Pecan Street - shots fired, nothing found
Police are asking residents to call them immediately when they hear shots fired in their neighborhood, give a location of where the shot came from and police will respond to the scene and check for evidence.
Firing shots inside the city limits of Clarksdale is a misdemeanor but can be enhanced to a felony if the person shooting has a previous conviction for certain crime or the shots were premeditated with intent to cause hate, harm or fear.
Clarksdale Assistant Chief Norman Starks has asked anyone with information about these incident to call the Clarksdale Police Department at 621-8156, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or simply dial 911. All calls remain anonymous and cash is paid to those providing information that leads to solving a crime.