Crime

Woman shot to death while sitting at a red light in Jackson

A woman was shot while sitting in her vehicle at the intersection of Fortification and North State streets in Jackson. The woman drove away but died a short distance from the scene of the shooting Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017.
A woman was shot while sitting in her vehicle at the intersection of Fortification and North State streets in Jackson. The woman drove away but died a short distance from the scene of the shooting Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. The Clarion-Ledger

Police are at a loss for information on why a man walked up to a car at a traffic light at the corner of State and Fortification streets Thursday night and fired a single shot into the driver's side window before walking away and leaving behind a dead woman in the driver's seat.

Based on what detectives know right now, the fatal shooting appears to be completely random, JPD Cmdr. Tyree Jones said Friday morning.

The driver of the white Pontiac G6 at the light, Chelsie Lynn Kirschten, 23, was shot and killed at the intersection just before 11:48 p.m. Thursday. A female passenger in the front seat was unharmed.

The shooter used a silver handgun and fired one shot into the driver's side window. Kirschten was shot once in the upper back and died at the scene.

Kirschten's death is Jackson's 37th homicide investigation for 2017.

Jones said investigators have yet to find any personal connection between the shooter and the driver. Nothing was found stolen. The motive, a mystery.

The shooter is described vaguely as a black male who wore dark clothing and possibly a hoodie. The victim was white. When asked if drugs or race were involved as a possible motive, Jones said there was no information pointing to that and he didn't want to speculate.

When asked if the shooting could have been a gang initiation, Jones again said he did not want to speculate.

According to the victim's Facebook profile, Kirschten is from Brandon and went to Brandon High School. The profile also says she worked at Twin Peaks Restaurant.

Jones said the random nature of the shooting is not common in Jackson and warned residents to always be hyper aware of their surroundings.

JPS is asking for the public's help in locating the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call JPD at 601-960-1234 or 601-355-8477.

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