Three arrested, one sought in Friday night shooting deathBy BY RECARDO THOMAS STAFF REPORTER,
Three people are now in custody and a fourth is being sought in conjunction with Friday's shooting that resulted in the death of 24-year-old Alberta Garner.
Indianola Investigator Sgt. Regina Simpson said as of Tuesday, Jalexia Flowers, 23, Lemarkcus James, 30 and Yacelyn James, 18 are in custody and each has been charged with first-degree murder and a $1 million bond has been set for each.
Simpson said one person is still at large and although she declined to give his name at this time she said he too will face the same charges as the other three.
Garner was pronounced dead at the scene on April 10 after gunfire erupted just before sunset near the intersection of Garrard Avenue and Curtis Street.
Simpson said that upon arrival officers found Garner lying in the street dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Simpson said she is waiting on results from the medical examiner to determine the exact location of Garner’s injury.
Simpson said based on their investigation, Garner was an innocent bystander.
She and her boyfriend had apparently just gotten off of work and had come to Indianola so they could purchase some items from a store.
Garner's Facebook page shows a final entry at 4:49 p.m. on Friday around two hours before the shooting that simply asked, "What hair store is open?" One comment on her page alluded to that truly being her last public words.
Simpson indicated that Garner and her boyfriend had apparently come to J-Mack's store to make a purchase and meet another friend when the shots rang out.
It was not clearly stated at what moment Garner may have been hit or her exact location when the assailants opened fire.
Witnesses reportedly saw two vehicles speed away from the scene after the gunfire started and one was apparently the suspect's vehicle, a black Ford Focus, that was spotted and recovered on Saturday in Inverness.
No description was given of the second vehicle. The shooting is still under investigation.
Garner is the second young woman to be gunned down in Indianola since March. In the early morning hours of March 1, 23-year-old Beatrice Williams was shot during a Main Street shootout. She too was an innocent bystander.
Simpson said Williams' death is also still under investigation, but no arrests have been made so far.