Suspects face murder charges in Sunday shooting

Two suspects in the shooting death of a Brookhaven man turned themselves in Monday afternoon to the Brookhaven Police Department.

David Jones Jr., 29, of 421 North Seventh St., and Kevin Collins, 48, of 1303 N. Center St., are charged with shooting and killing Darion Reese, 24, also of Brookhaven.

The shooting occurred in a grassy area on the northwest corner of the intersection of North Monticello Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in the Startown neighborhood shortly before 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Reese was pronounced dead at King’s Daughters Medical Center at 1:57 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Darion Reese

Both Jones and Collins are charged with murder and are being held in the Lincoln County jail without bond.

Brookhaven police received the call to the scene, which was adjacent to a vacant building, around 1:24 p.m. Sunday.

Reese had one gunshot wound to the chest, according to Ricky Alford with the Lincoln County Coroner’s Office.

An innocent driver on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Kimberly Simon, 39, was also shot during the exchange of gunfire. Simon was hit in the left shoulder by a stray bullet when she brought her car to a stop at the intersection.

Simon, who was alone in the vehicle, was taken to King’s Daughters Medical Center and then evacuated by helicopter to a hospital in Jackson.

Simon, also from Brookhaven, is a service member stationed at Columbus Air

Force Base. She was visiting her family on Roger’s Circle Sunday.

David Jones Jr.

Simon was released from the hospital Sunday night and was with family Monday.

“She’s a little sore, but seems to be OK,” said Brookhaven Chief of Police, Bobby Bell, who talked with Simon on Monday.

According to witness interviews, both Collins and Jones and the deceased victim fired their guns during the incident, said Bell. At this time, it is unclear whose gun fired the shot that hit Simon, however.

Witnesses also reported that Reese, and at least one of the suspects, had an ongoing altercation.

Kevin Collins

Collins and Jones, Jr. reportedly identified Reese as he stood in a yard on North Martin Luther King Drive. The two men then drove up to Reese and exited a silver or gray Grand Am, witnesses told police. After a short verbal exchange, gunfire broke out according to witness reports, said Bell.

After the shooting, Collins and Jones fled the scene in the vehicle, witnesses told police.

Upon Reese’s transport to King’s Daughters Medical Center, police and sheriff’s deputies had to be called for crowd control to help with the large group of family and friends of victims who had gathered at the hospital in the shooting’s wake.

Collins and Jones turned themselves in to police at 3 p.m. Monday.

 

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