Crime

18-year-old Biloxi man joins mom behind bars after shooting

Darrell Gean Rankin Jr.
Darrell Gean Rankin Jr. Biloxi Police Department

Within hours of investigating a shooting in Biloxi last Friday morning, police made an arrest — just not the alleged shooter. It took another seven days to make a second arrest.

Police Maj. Chris De Back said police responded to the report of a shooting at 9:46 a.m. in the 200 block of Crawford Street. While on the scene, officers found several bullet casings.

At the same time, De Back said, a female victim showed up at the police department and told officers 18-year-old Darrell Gean Rankin Jr. "had pointed a firearm at her and fired several rounds."

De Back said Rankin missed with all of the shots and then fled in a car driven by his mother, long before police arrived at the scene.

De Back said police later located Rankin's mother, 43-year-old Velma Gean Rankin. He said the mother would not cooperate in telling authorities where her son is located and was subsequently arrested on charges of hindering prosecution and accessory after the fact to aggravated assault.

She's being held at the Harrison County Jail in lieu of a $15,000 bond set by the Biloxi Municipal Court.

De Back said the shots were fired during a fight but declined to elaborate further.

De Back said the 18-year-old turned himself into police on Friday, and was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault a week after the alleged shooting. His bond amount is $25,000, set by Biloxi Municipal Court Judge William Tisdale.

Anyone who has information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Biloxi Police Department at 228-392-0641, the Biloxi Criminal Investigations Division at 228-435-6112, the Biloxi Criminal Intelligence Unit at ciu@biloxi.ms.us, or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787- 5898.

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Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2326, @patrickochs
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