Man charged in Labor Day shooting
(Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed Draper's address as Arizona Street. Draper does not live on Arizona Street. Lately he has lived "from place to place," a relative told The Panolian.)
By John Howell
Batesville police have charged Andricus Draper, 23, in a Monday night shooting on Patterson Street that left one man dead and another injured.
Draper’s arrest followed an all-night investigation by city officers and the Panola County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators have also determined that a second shooting which occurred minutes later at West Ridge Apartments is not connected with the first, BPD Deputy Police Chief Don Province said.
The BPD received a report of the first shooting at 10:48 p.m., BPD Lt. Ruby Meyers said. Authorities believe that the Patterson Street shooting began with an argument at a nearby convenience store.
Panola County Coroner Gracie Grant-Gulledge said that Corey Henderson was pronounced dead at the scene of a shooting at a home at the corner of Patterson and Williams Streets in James Subdivision. Officers allege that Draper followed Henderson after the convenience store argument.
Henderson was shot multiple times. A second victim with Henderson, Darrius Johnson, was shot one time. He was transported to the Memphis Regional Medical Center.
While first responders were at the Patterson Street shooting scene, police received report at 11:23 p.m. of the second shooting at West Ridge Apartments on Tubbs Road.
Province said that Dustin Armstrong had been in his girlfriend’s apartment when he was shot in the leg in an apparent robbery attempt.
Law enforcement personnel and vehicles and neighbors, some of whom were sobbing and in tears, clustered near the Patterson Street shooting scene.
At West Ridge Apartments other law enforcement officials and first responders crowded the parking lot along with neighbors standing on the ground below while the shooting victim’s wound was examined by MedStat EMTs.
Armstrong could occasionally be heard by bystanders groaning loudly as he was being examined. However, the mood never turned as somber at West Ridge. While Armstrong was being carried down apartment steps on a spineboard, he could be seen moving and talking with first responders.
“He’s shot in the leg; he’s the lucky one,” one bystander said.
On Tuesday, law enforcement officials were looking for one or more suspects believed responsible for Armstrong’s shooting.