Were schools notified of shooting less than one mile from CES?
By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
The person shot Wednesday less than one mile from Corinth Elementary School appears to be alive.
Alcorn County Coroner Jay Jones said Thursday morning that he has not received any reports of the person passing away, indicating the person is likely still living. The victim has been identified as Demarcus Tipler.
Meanwhile, a suspect is not in custody, Corinth Police Chief Ralph Dance told Corinth Today on Thursday morning.
The shooting occurred at about 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Wick and Young streets.
Corinth Today is attempting to find out if the school district was notified shortly after the shooting since it occurred less than a mile from the elementary school.
Corinth School District Superintendent Dr. Lee Childress said he would contact Corinth Today about the issue.
Corinth Today also asked Mayor Tommy Irwin for a copy of a policy, if one exists, regarding the city police department notifying schools if a dangerous incident occurs close to a school. Irwin said he would ask City Clerk Vickie Roach to look into the matter.
Dance said the police department communicates with the Corinth schools on a daily basis. The police will notify schools if there is a safety concern and need for a lockdown, Dance added.
After the shooting, police in SWAT gear patrolled the area throughout the afternoon, and made entry into at least one home after loudly announcing that police were outside.
The chief added that there was also no safety concerns for trick-or-treaters Wednesday night in regard to a suspect still not being in custody. Dance said the shooting incident was between two people and was not a random act of violence.