"Yet another senseless murder." That is how Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton reacted to a Saturday night shooting that resulted in the death of 29-year-old Delexius Betties.
According to Interim Police Chief Earnest Gilson, Betties and three companions were traveling south on Pershing Avenue at around 8:30 p.m. on the night of the shooting when unknown persons opened fire on Betties's Mercury Grand Marquis in the Coates/Jefferson Street area.
The other passengers were able to allude the hail of bullets and reportedly suffered no injuries.
"The two that were in the back seat got out and the one that was in the front passenger got down on the floor," Gilson said.
However, Betties was struck and reportedly succumbed to his injuries about 30 to 45 minutes after the encounter.
The E-T reached out to IPD for a statement and details about this murder multiple times over the weekend but did not hear back until Monday night.
There was no established motive for the shooting and Gilson said it appeared to be a random act of violence because the other occupants of the vehicle stated that they do not have a beef with anyone.
"The people in the car don't know. They had no problem with anybody, don't know why the car was getting shot at because they (had) been riding all night," he said.
Gilson said the assailants were just standing out, on foot and that approximately 35 to 40 rounds were fired-off at the scene.
There are no suspects at this time, Gilson said.
Saturday's shooting came just a day after a Friday morning shooting incident that left 67-year-old Jamie Iverson dead after an apparent attempted robbery.
Iverson's and Betties's deaths were the first two recorded homicides in Indianola since the start of 2021.