AUGUST 2, 2022
Gun Violence continues to plague McComb, Mississippi as it does so many other cities in the State of Mississippi.
Within the last few weeks, we have had three shootings to occur in the City of McComb. Dominic McCoy (17) died in a shooting. Jessie Gray and Wayne Nobles III have been charged with murder.
McComb Police Officers were at the Ice House breaking up a fight when the second shooting happened. Three victims (Johnell Granger, Quardavion White and Travanda Haynes) were wounded (non-life treating). Johnny Granger was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and Darnell Bright is wanted for aggravated assault with this shooting.
The third shooting occurred around the 400 Block of Delaware Avenue with the death of Shamarkese “Dansha” Smith and the wounding of her daughter and Johnell Granger (2nd wound) with a baby being unharmed. At this time, there are no suspects. However, the McComb Police Department is following all leads. If you know or saw something, I am asking that you speak up.
My heart and prayers go out to the families who lost a love one and those wounded. I cannot imagine your hurt and pain. Also, the God that is in me allows me to pray for those who committed these senseless acts of violence.
I want to thank those businesses and individuals, who stepped up and shared information with the McComb Police Department. With your help, the McComb Police Department was able to identify and arrest most of those who committed these crimes.
I have spent many hours going over available facts relating to many of the shootings that have occurred in the City of McComb. Two facts stood out: One, many of them knew one another; and second, they had an altercation or run-in with one another. The shootings in McComb have not been random drive by shootings. They were deliberately targeted and innocence people were caught in the line of fire.
During the last week, I have been communicating with Mayors around the State and other Law Enforcement Agencies about gun violence. I have spoken with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and in the near future there will be a meeting for the general public addressing gang violence.
I want you to know that overall, the City of McComb is Safe. The Board of Mayor and Selectmen/Selectwomen and the McComb Police Department are doing everything within our power to make sure that it remains Safe. I am appealing to you, the citizens of McComb, Mississippi, do not let fear guide you for God has not given us the spirit of fear.