Three unrelated shootings leave one dead, two wounded

SPD charged 16-year-old Tomas Bradford of Starkville with the murder of 20-year-old Deontay Rogers.

One person is dead after three separate shootings Thursday night in Starkville and Oktibbeha County. All three victims were male.

Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt said the three shootings do not appear to be related.

Starkville Chief of Police Frank Nichols said the fatal shooting occurred at the Brookville Garden Apartment complex in Starkville.

Hunt confirmed Starkville native Deontay M. Rogers, 20, the victim in the fatal shooting, which happened at approximately 9:20 p.m.

Rogers was brought to the OCH Emergency Room by his father, Hunt said, and was pronounced dead after arriving. The shooting is being investigated as a homicide and Rogers body was sent to the Mississippi Crime Lab in Jackson for an autopsy.

According to a press release, SPD charged 16-year-old Tomas Bradford of Starkville with the murder of Rogers. There was an initial appearance for Bradford Friday and his bond was set at $2,000,000.

SPD said the incident is under active investigation and more charges are expected to follow. 

At the time of the arrest, Bradford was out on bond for a 2016 charge of murder and armed robbery SPD reported.

Another shooting happened at approximately 7:30 p.m., and Hunt said it appears to be accidental. The victim was admitted to OCH with non-threatening injuries.

The third shooting was a drive-by in Oktibbeha County. Hunt said he did not know the time or location. The male who was shot was airlifted to UMMC in Jackson.

This is a developing story. The Reflector will update as more details become available.

SPD asks anyone with any information regarding the incident causing death to contact at 662-323-4131 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151. Crime Stoppers may offer a cash reward.

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