STARKVILLE • Two Washington County brothers are being held on high bonds for their roles in a Monday evening shooting in a crowded Starkville park.
The Starkville Police Department arrested Cedric “Rambo” Splounge, 19, of Greenville, and charged him with aggravated assault. He is being held in the Oktibbeha County Jail on a $2 million bond. Kentravius Splounge, 18, of Greenville, is charged with accessory after the fact to aggravated assault. His bond was set at $1 million.
Police responded to a call of shots fired at McKee Park in the central part of the city just after 6 p.m. June 10. One male was struck by gunfire. He was transported to the Oktibbeha County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Officials say the incident followed a dispute during a pick-up game at the park’s basketball court. Witnesses said one person left the court, retrieved a gun from a car and fired multiple shots. At the time of the shooting, the park was filled with families attending youth sporting events.
“It’s very unfortunate that someone would fire a weapon at a park where children are playing,” said Starkville Police Chief Frank Nichols. “We take the safety of our citizens very serious and we’ll see to the full extent of justice being served.
“We are blessed that no one else in the crowded park was injured during this incident.”
SPD has stepped up patrols in the city’s parks and will make more officers available for events in the future. Tuesday night, officers spoke with youth who were alarmed by this incident.