Suspect arrested in connection to double murder at Mississippi university

Published 3:16 pm Tuesday, February 18, 2020

An Adams County man wanted in connection with Monday’s fatal shooting of two Alcorn State University students was transported to the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday.

Jerrell Davis, 20, turned himself in to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday morning, Sheriff Travis Patten said.

Davis is wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of James Carr, 20, of Itta Bena and Tahir Fitzhugh, 19, of Pennsylvania.

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Authorities say four students were injured in a shooting that occurred shortly before midnight at a non-university event venue 13 miles north of campus off Highway 61 in Claiborne County.

Three students were taken to the Claiborne County Medical Center after the shooting at a hangout spot called The Ark.

Carr and Fitzhugh died at the hospital. A third student was transferred to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and is listed in stable condition, a new release from the University said. The fourth student involved in the shooting did not require immediate medical attention.

Patten said after a warrant was issued for Davis on aggravated assault charges by the Claiborne County Sheriff Office Monday night, his deputies contacted Davis’ family. Patten said family members were very cooperative with law enforcement.

After Davis turned himself in, Patten said he and another deputy transported the suspect to Claiborne County Sheriff Edward Good Tuesday afternoon.

The case is being investigated by the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department with help from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and the Alcorn State University Police Department.

As a precaution, Alcorn locked down its campus after the shooting. The lockdown was lifted Tuesday morning.

“Although campus safety was not compromised, out of an abundance of caution, Alcorn Campus Police instituted a lockdown on all campuses. The lockdown has been lifted and the university is open for normal business operations,” the Alcorn officials said.

School officials said the university’s Division of Student Affairs Office of Counseling Services will have counselors available to any students, faculty, or staff impacted the incident.

“Alcorn State University extends our heartfelt prayers to the families and loved ones of the students we lost and humbly ask for the university community’s thoughts and prayers for the full recovery of those injured and impacted as a result of this unfortunate event,” school officials said.  “As more information is gathered, we will share it accordingly.”