Five to be charged with capital murder in Mantachie shooting

 

Daily Journal

WEST POINT – A Thanksgiving night rap concert at a Clay County union hall turned deadly.

According to West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley, shots were fired around 1:30 Friday morning at the United Food and Commercial Workers International (UFCW) Local 1529 on Lewis O'Neal Road. Responding officers found a female victim with a gunshot wound to the chest.

She was taken by ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus and later died from the injuries. Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant identified her as Dajah Shaw, 21, of West Point.

The shooting took place during a concert by rapper Moneybagg Yo at the former Bryan Union Hall.

“We have recovered shell casings from at least two different weapons, but it’s not clear who started the shooting or why,” Brinkley said. “These incidents are particularly challenging for investigators because of the large number of people and the low lighting of the venue that tend to distort the perception of any witnesses.”

Police are investigating the incident, interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence and developing a list of suspects. No arrests have been made, but Brinkley is confident that they will have someone in custody soon. Clay County Coroner Alvin Carter is transporting the body to the State Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

Police are asking for partygoers who have cell phone video footage to please contact them. This incident is still under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to call Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers or the West Point Police Department at (662) 494-1244.

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