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Teen to be charged as an adult in shooting of car occupied by minors and child, police say

Clarence Clay
Clarence Clay

Police say a 17-year-old Gulfport resident will be charged as an adult in the shooting of a car occupied by three minors and an 8-month-old girl.

Police arrested Clarence Clay early Tuesday following investigation of a shooting reported about 5:32 p.m. Monday in the 1800 block of 44th Avenue, Gulfport Police Sgt. Clayton Fulks said.

No one was injured, but police intervened in a fight at the scene in the neighborhood just south of 19th Street, Fulks said.

Police arrested Clay and two others after finding him about 4 a.m. Tuesday in a home on Wanda Place. One of the others arrested is his mother.

Clay faces three counts of aggravated assault.

It’s unclear why the shooting occurred or whether Clay and those in the car know each other.

“I don’t have answers to that yet,” Fulks said.

“We have had a lot of uncooperating witnesses.”

Police arrested Clay’s mother, Tythisha Eason, on a charge of resisting arrest.

“She tried to physically stop officers from arresting her son so that is a charge of resisting arrest,” Fulks said.

Police also arrested Paudrekia Spivery on a warrant from Gulfport Municipal Court. She had failed to appear in court on a misdemeanor so a judge issued a bench warrant, Fulks said.

Officers on Monday night had responded to a report of a shooting on 44th Avenue but at first couldn’t find any victims or anyone willing to talk, he said.

Then a Nissan Altima with damage from a gunshot drove up and police learned there were three minors and a baby in the car at the time of the shooting.

A fight broke out among people at the scene and officers detained several of them, he said. Those involved calmed down and no charges were filed regarding the fight.

Only one of the teens who was in the car at the time of the shooting has not spoken with police, Fulks said.

Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner set Clay’s bond at a total of $450,000 — $150,000 for each count of aggravated assault. Police took Clay to the Harrison County jail.

Fulks said police want to hear from anyone who has information about the shooting or what led to it.

Call the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898. Or give a tip online at mscoastcrimestoppers.com.

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Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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