One dead, one injured after weekend shooting on Little River Road
An exchange of gunfire in the county late Friday night has left one man dead and another injured according to Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee.
Deputies received a call that a shooting had occurred on Little River Road, Sept. 15 at about 11:45 p.m. Arriving at the scene, deputies found one victim, Justin Porter, shot in the chest. Porter is 22 years old and lives at the address.
Before deputies arrived at the scene, Porter’s father, Charles Porter reportedly responded to the alleged shooter, Justice Reese, with gunfire to Reese’s vehicle. Darryl McDonald, a passenger inside the vehicle was wounded and later died.
According to the sheriff, Charles Porter heard the gunfire from within the home and the cry from Justin’s mother that Justin had been shot. At that point he allegedly grabbed his firearm, exited the home, and fired upon the vehicle.
Reese drove McDonald to the Lackey Memorial Hospital emergency room and it was upon their arrival at the hospital that deputies received the call informing them of a second gunshot victim.
Darryl McDonald was transferred to University Medical Center in Jackson where he died on Sunday. He was 27 years old.
Lee said that investigators are awaiting the autopsy and ballistic reports to determine if McDonald was indeed struck by Charles Porter’s gunfire or if he was struck by a bullet from another gun (possibly gunfire from Reese or a third, yet unidentified gun), and investigators are working with the DA to determine if more charges in this incident are forthcoming.
“Porter was shot with a 9mm bullet in the chest, and he was miraculously okay,” Lee said, adding that the bullet had come to a stop against Porter’s sternum and did not enter his chest cavity.
Reese, age 18, is currently being held at the Scott County Detention Center for attempted murder. His bond is set at $250,000.