Metro Jackson Shooting Spree Leaves 2 Dead; Man Charged

Therese Apel, Clarion-Ledger, November 20, 2015

A suspect is in custody, charged with murder, after two women were fatally shot in separate incidents in north Jackson and Ridgeland Thursday night.

Police say 22-year-old Zehulum Lael James, who was arrested at a south Jackson apartment complex on Rainey Road not long after the shootings, also shot at a JATRAN bus, another vehicle and into an occupied dwelling.

Zehulum Lael James

Zehulum Lael James

Hinds Co. Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart confirmed that Suzanne Hogan, 58, was killed after being shot in the head in the parking lot of a Shell station at the corner of Watkins Drive and Beasley Road, said Jackson Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green.

The other victim, Kristy Lynn Mitchell, 49, of Missouri, was shot as she walked from the Drury Inn to Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant in Ridgeland, said Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal. The victim, shot in the abdomen, was transported to a hospital where she later died.


Authorities said there did not appear to be any connection between the victims, except that they were both white females in parking lots.


Jackson State University confirmed Friday that James is a junior civil engineering major at the school. He transferred to JSU from a community college in 2014.

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