Jackson resident speaks about latest shooting near school

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A man is gunned down in the middle of the day close to a school in Jackson and now police are looking for the person who pulled the trigger.

Witnesses at the scene say they are tired of the senseless violence in the city

Police say, Nico Moore, 26, died after he was shot once in the back. It’s a scenario people in Jackson tell us is an all too familiar story that needs to change.

“I was not home. I couldn’t move. It’s right by my kids’ school. I didn’t know if they were outside. I really didn’t know what to think,” said Martesha Blackmon a Jackson resident.

Mayes One Stop gas station on the corner of Lampton Avenue and Mayes Street became a crime scene Tuesday morning.

Shell casings line the pump were a man was shot, and later died at the hospital.

“Something is wrong here. This has to stop.”

“I have an eight and a nine-year-old to go to school over here. I have an elderly grandmother who stays over here. I mean it has to stop when is it going to stop? I don’t know,” said Blackmon.

The call came in around 10:00 a.m. Tuesday.

JPD believe a man and woman driving a white Lexus are tied to the shooting; though they haven’t determined what lead to it.

This is one of the several shootings in Jackson to happen recently in broad daylight.

The people looking on say they’ve had enough.

“Look at all that’s going on. Who’s to say that a bullet wouldn’t have gone over there to Walton Elementary School? Who’s to say that a bullet couldn’t have gone over here in this elderly nursing home over here? I mean, you just don’t know,” said Blackmon.

The suspect in the shooting death of Nico Moore surrendered.

Rico Watts, 33, turned himself in at the Jackson Police Headquarters Tuesday afternoon.

Rico Watts
Rico Watts

Watts is charged with one count of murder.


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