Crime

Update: Teens in drive-by shooting had argued with victims, police say

Three teenagers arrested after a drive-by shooting Wednesday afternoon on Benachi Avenue had been involved in an argument with those in a car that was struck by bullets, police said.

The teens are being charged as adults but police are not releasing their names, saying they are juveniles.

Two are 16 and one is 17, police Lt. Christopher De Back said.

Police were alerted to the shooting about 3 p.m. in the 300 block of Benachi.

The victims’ car was struck by a couple of bullets, but no one in that car was wounded and police could find no other victims, De Back said.

“From what we can tell, the suspects had had a previous argument with the victims,” he said.

Those in the suspect vehicle fled, but witnesses gave a description to police. Police found the suspect vehicle nearby at a home of one of the suspects, he said.

Two of the teens turned themselves in at the Police Department.

“They knew we were looking for them,” De Back said.

No details were released on what the argument involved.

Justice Court Judge Bruce Strong set bonds for each of the three at $100,000. They were booked at the Harrison County jail.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 228-435-6112 or email the Criminal Intelligence Unit at ciu@biloxi.ms.us.

Tipsters can also give information to Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877- 787-5898 or mscoastcrimestoppers.com.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

Sun Herald staff writer Wes Muller contributed to this report.

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