Criminals were busy this past weekend

Published 8:10 pm Monday, June 12, 2017

Maybe there’s something to the theory that full moons trigger strange behavior in humans.

Over the weekend, several crimes took place in Lincoln County and Brookhaven that we’re hoping can be attributed to the moon and not a trend toward more crime.

A man who was shot in the jaw is accused of trying to hit the shooter first with his truck, authorities said. Deputies received a call Sunday at 6:56 p.m. at 2265 West Lincoln Drive and discovered a 35-year-old man had been shot in the jaw, according to Sheriff Steve Rushing. He said the individual who fired the shot told deputies the man tried to hit him with his truck so he fired a shot at the vehicle, striking the man.

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Also this past weekend, a woman reported being carjacked at gunpoint on Nola Road. The woman told deputies she was traveling on Nola Road near Beeson Road shortly before 5:30 p.m. when a small gray car passed her and then stopped in front of her vehicle, a white 2014 Porsche Cayenne SUV.

The witness said four males exited their car, forced her and a passenger out of her car at gunpoint and then left with both vehicles.

In Brookhaven, a man was taken into custody Sunday following a minor shooting that left a man hospitalized. A 46-year-old was shot in the leg during an argument at the corner of Washington Avenue and Booker Street shortly after 2 p.m., said detective Cpl. Jonathan Alford.

Anyone with information about a crime is asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 601-833-5251, the Brookhaven Police Department at 601-833-2424 or CrimeStoppers at 601-823-0150. Tips leading to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.

Hopefully, these events are a lunar-related abnormality and not a sign of an increase in crime for the summer.