Charge upgraded to murder in Brookhaven Waffle House shooting

Published 4:58 pm Thursday, November 4, 2021

The suspect arrested and charged with attempted murder after a shooting earlier this week in Brookhaven has now been charged with murder.

Willie Ray Walker III, 31, of 2814 Loyd Star Lane in Wesson, was arrested Monday morning after a double shooting that took place at approximately 2 a.m. at Waffle House on Brookway Boulevard.

The charge was upgraded Thursday to murder after victim Myrtessia Kemyah Catchings died at University of Mississippi Medical Center, according to Brookhaven Police Department Chief Kenneth Collins.

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Thursday afternoon, Collins said Lindsay Marie Schmidt, 30, also of 2814 Loyd Star Lane in Wesson, was wanted for accessory after the fact.

Schmidt was taken into custody at approximately 6 p.m. Thursday.

A second victim of the Monday shooting was injured in the arm and is doing OK, Collins said.