Suspect in nightclub shooting surrenders
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — The man accused in a nightclub shooting that killed one and left seven people injured has surrendered to authorities.
Justin Anderson, 23, of Natchez, turned himself in to police about 9 a.m. Wednesday, accompanied by his mother and his attorney, Brookhaven Police Chief Kenny Collins said. He was wanted in connection with the shooting death of Billy Ray Thomas, 23, early Friday.
“Hopefully the streets will be a little safer because I know the families of the victims are still hurting,” Collins said. “We’ve heard that some people want to take the law into their own hands, and we will have extra manpower out all weekend.”
Anderson faces one count of first-degree murder and seven counts of aggravated assault, Collins said. Bond information was not immediately available.
Multiple media outlets report the shooting occurred at a birthday party at the Oasis Club in Brookhaven.
Collins said police are working overtime “to prevent an escalating violence” after the shooting Friday.
“We want to keep our community safe,” he said.
Collins said the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Marshals and the Adams County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation.
In May, eight people were killed in a shooting spree in Brookhaven and Lincoln County, but the Oasis Club incident is the highest number of people shot at one time inside the city limits of Brookhaven in recent memory.