Taylor Woodson, age 16, was walking with a friend outside her apartment before she approached a car sitting outside to talk with the driver, Jamarcus Johnson.
East Pointe Apartments residents where the incident occurred around 4:30 p.m told officers that Johnson shot Woodson and then turned the gun on himself.
JPD Capt. Mike Holt said police found a pistol in Johnson's lap. According to Holt, "Johnson and Woodson had a prior relationship and had worked together."
19-year-old Jamarcus Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. Taylor Woodson was taken to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Capt.Holt said Woodson was later transferred to The Regional Medical Center in Memphis, where she was in "extremely critical" condition Thursday night.
A crowd of curious onlookers gathered near the scene as police gathered evidence. Investigators kept the windows of a maroon Mercury Marquis covered where Johnson's body was discovered.
Police are not seeking any other suspects in the case but are continuing to investigate the attempted murder-suicide. Anyone with information is asked to contact the JPD Violent Crime Unit at 425-8400 or Crimestoppers 424-8477
The Jackson Police Department is investigating an attempted murder / suicide that occurred about 4:30 p.m. today in a parking lot at Eastpointe Apartments at 504 Daughtery Street.
Officers responding to a report of a shooting at that location found 16-year-old, Taylor Woodson lying next to a maroon Mercury Marquis with a serious gunshot wound and 19-year-old Jamarcus Johnson seated in the drivers seat of the Marquis with a gunshot wound to the head. There was a pistol in his lap and evidence indicated that the shots occurred inside the car. Mr. Johnson was deceased at the scene.
Witnesses report that Johnson pulled into a parking place and called Ms. Woodson over to the car. After a brief conversation, they heard a shot and saw Ms. Woodson fall, then heard a second shot.
The two had a prior relationship and had apparently worked together.
Police are not seeking any other suspects in connection with this case.
At this writing (7:15 p.m.), we understand that Ms. Woodson is in extremely critical condition and has been transferred to The Med.