A couple from Pearl was arrested Sunday, June 12 for allegedly firing shots at a crowd at the Chevron Service Station on Highway 35 and at a home, also located on Highway 35.
Jesse Jevaunte James, 26, and his girlfriend Briaunna Williams, 26, both of Pearl were arrested in connection to the shooting. James was charged with three counts of aggravated assault, and Williams was charged with accessory after the fact.
In a press release, it states that the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call of shots fired at the Chevron Service Station. When deputies arrived, two women told them that shots were fired at them and at the crowd from a dark colored Tahoe. Simultaneously, a homeowner also came forward and said there were shots fired at his home as someone in a Tahoe drove past.
An investigation found that a male and female had an argument with several people in the parking lot of the Chevron over a custody visitation swap. They said they found that the man, identified as James, went to the passenger side of the Tahoe and retrieved a gun and began shooting. The Tahoe left the scene with the man still shooting.
The release stated that bullets holes were found in the store and in a vehicle where two small children were in the backseat. It stated that the shooting continued, which led to the second report. After looking at footage, the department placed a “Be on the Look Out” for the Tahoe. The release states that Pearl Police Officers stopped the vehicle and arrested James and his girlfriend.
James was transported to the Carroll-Montgomery Correctional Facility and Judge Tinesha Erve-Earnest set bond for James at $300,000. Williams was held in the Rankin County jail on a $20,000 bond. She has since been released.
“Thank the Lord for the safety of all the innocent bystanders, deputies and the children involved. I also want to thank the Pearl Police Department and the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department for their help in arresting and holding the suspects and the numerous witnesses who helped to identify the subjects involved,” Sheriff Clint Walker said.