The West Point man suspected of shooting another man two weeks ago in a domestic-related incident has turned himself in. But the owner of the gun and suspected getaway driver still is being sought.
Cortez Young, 22, a 2013 graduate of West Point High School and cheerleader at East Mississippi Community College in 2015-16, turned himself in on aggravated assault charges Thursday afternoon.
No bond has been set.
A second man, Antwon Marquis Williams, 28, of West Point is wanted for questioning because the High Point .380-caliber handgun found at the scene was registered to him. He also is suspected of being the driver of the car — either a dark blue or black Chevrolet Impala, probably an early 2000s model — that Young jumped in the passenger side of when he fled the shooting scene.
The shooting was reported at about 12:25 a.m. Sept. 29 at a house in the 3000 block of Highway 69 South just outside the Columbus city limits.
The victim was shot four times and still managed to fight with the shooter, who is suspected to be Young, even though the he had a bandana over his face.
According to Lowndes County Sheriff’s detective Clint Sims, who is heading the investigation, the victim is dating the woman who lives with relatives at the house where the shooting occurred. Young is a former boyfriend of the woman and has two children with her. He and the victim know each other.
“We think he the shooter was waiting for him or had been watching for him. We think it was an ambush,” Sims said.
The boyfriend had been out with friends and was on his way home when the woman called and asked him to stop and pick up some items for her. He did and when he got to her house, he called to get her to unlock the door because he didn’t have a key.
As he was standing at the door, someone called his name and when he turned, the man opened fire. Five shell casings were found in and around the carport and driveway, where the suspect had fired from about six to eight feet away.
Four of the bullets struck the victim and another lodged in a book in the backpack he was wearing. One went through him, shattered the glass back door and went through the door and lodged in a refrigerator.
Despite being shot, the victim managed to reach the shooter and started fighting him.
The victim has undergone surgery but is recovering, Sims said.
Anyone with information on Young or Williams is asked to call the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department at 662-328-6788.