UPDATE: SUSPECT IN CUSTODY 6/23/14
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Law enforcement is asking for your help in finding a man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in Verona.
He is identified as 33-year-old Roy Ray Merritt. Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson says Merritt is charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and should be considered armed and dangerous.
The search for Merritt comes after two people were shot outside a home on City Point Road Saturday afternoon. One of those victims, 41-year-old Rodney Lowery, died after he was shot multiple times. Cornell Weatherspoon was shot once and is out of the hospital.
Johnson says the shooting is connected to an argument and fight that happened Friday at the Eagle store on Raymond Avenue in Verona.
The Verona Police Dept was investigating the Friday incident, but the department turned the shooting over to Sheriff’s Department Investigators since Lowery is related to someone on the Board of Aldermen in Verona.
If you know where Merritt is, you are asked to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Department at (662) 680-5766 or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi at (800) 773-TIPS.
NOTE: MERRITT IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS