Jackson police investigating city’s 117th homicide following weekend shooting

The Jackson Police Department is investigating after a woman was found dead early Sunday morning.

Police department spokesperson Sam Brown said the woman was found with a gunshot wound near a fence in the 3300 block of Pocahontas Avenue at around 1:30 a.m. Neighbors told police they heard several gunshots in the area just before the discovery and heard a car speeding down the street.

The Hinds County Coroner’s Office has not yet released the woman’s identity.

Brown said there are currently no suspects or motives in the case. Anyone with any information about the incident is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at (601) 355-8477.

The capital city has now had 117 homicides in 2020. The total number includes 116 investigated by the city’s police department and one investigated by the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office. One death in a child abuse case was also ruled a homicide by the county coroner’s office.

Jackson has seen a sharp increase in violence in 2020 compared to recent years, which police attribute largely to personal conflicts and the ongoing pandemic. According to FBI data, the previous record for homicides in one year was 92, set in 1995.

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