Approximately 2:20 a.m. this morning there were reports of shots being fired in the area of the Sesame Street Lounge at 411 Railroad Street.
Witnesses reported seeing a black male dressed in black shoot several times into a passing vehicle. Several shell casings were recovered at the scene. A short time later Tallis Croom, age 22 of Jackson, went to Jackson Madison County General Hospital Emergency Room for treatment for a gunshot wound to the chest. He was treated and released.
Croom described the man who shot him as a black male, mid 20's to early 30's, medium complexioned, 5'7", medium build, very low haircut, and no facial hair. Croom described him as wearing a white Tshirt and jeans. Croom told Police he did not know why the man shot him.
Then at 5:00 a.m., there were several 911 calls reporting shots fired and people injured at J Mumblys nightclub at 903 Hollywood in the Hollywood Shopping Center. Two Jackson men, Joe Richard Poston (age 24) and Robert Benjamin Seats (age 28) died as a result of gunshot wounds.
File Booking Photos of Poston and Seats
Latonio Essie Seats (age 33), Marlisa Inez Smith (age 23), Ebony Nicole Gillispie (age 21), Brittney Lashell Wilson (age 24), Vincent Conrad Brown, (age 40) and Jakolya Donterius Bond (age 22) were
all wounded. Nicholas Irvin Skinner (age 21) was struck by vehicle on the parking lot that was fleeing the scene.
Two other victims injured file booking photos
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[caption id="attachment_2519" align="alignnone" width="240" caption="Vincent Conrad Brown"]
There is evidence and there were witness reports that Seats and Poston argued in front of the club and shot at each other several times. We are continuing to investigate the possibility that there were others who were shooting. Based on our preliminary findings, Seats and Poston were killed in the ensuing exchange of gunfire. Someone, presumably individuals in the crowd, took the men’s firearms from the scene before Officers arrived. At this writing some injured have been released and others are being treated. Their wounds and injuries are not expected to be life threatening.
Also, at this hour, Criminal Investigators, Reconstructionist and Crime Scene Personnel are still working in the Hollywood Shopping Center area. Other Investigators are still interviewing victims and witnesses.
The Special Operations Division has been called in to add to manpower on the streets and assist in the investigation.
Anyone with information, please contact the Violent Crimes Unit at the Jackson Police Department at 425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 424-8477 (TIPS).