JACKSON, Miss.July 30 2011 – Police have charged two men and are looking for a third in connection with a shooting at a convenience store that killed a security guard and injured a clerk.
Early Tuesday morning, 54-year-old James McKinney was killed and a 26-year-old Suvin Sharth was shot during a robbery attempt at the Shell gas station on Fortification Street, police said.
Police said surveillance video shows two masked, armed men entering the store and then opening fire. Officer Colendula Green said McKinney returned fire and was shot once in the torso and once in the left arm. He died as a result of his injuries. Sharth was shot in the leg and was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He has been released from the hospital.
After seeing the surveillance video that aired on 16 WAPT News and other news outlets, a Hinds County sheriff’s deputy recognized the vehicle used in the shooting and called the Jackson Police Department. He said that he had stopped the car about a week prior and recorded the names of those inside the vehicle and also the license plate number. He also told police that there was a 9 mm handgun in the trunk. Police said the same type of weapon was used in the shooting.
Through tips from the deputy and Crime Stoppers, police identified Aaron McNair, 23, and Kameron Woodard, 21, as suspects in the shooting and attempted robbery, police said.
On Thursday, police tracked McNair to Clinton, La., where he was arrested on Wednesday after running a stop sign in the vehicle police said was used in the crime in Jackson. McNair is charged with capital murder and aggravated assault and will be held in Louisiana until he is extradited to Mississippi, police said.
Friday morning, the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Woodard in Jackson. He is also charged with capital murder and aggravated assault, police said.
Police said a third arrest is forthcoming. Additional details weren’t immediately available.