Arrest warrants issued in Christmas drive-by shooting - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Arrest warrants issued in Christmas drive-by shooting

Derica Patterson, photo courtesy victim's family. Derica Patterson, photo courtesy victim's family.
Corey Albright, left, and Rico R. Fleming are wanted in connection to a shooting that killed a 16-year-old girl dead. Corey Albright, left, and Rico R. Fleming are wanted in connection to a shooting that killed a 16-year-old girl dead.

(WMC-TV) – The Marshall County Sheriff's Office has issued arrest warrants for a drive-by shooting on Christmas Day that killed a 16-year-old girl.

Investigators said on Tuesday that the shooting that killed Derica Patterson was gang related.

The suspects' identities have been blasted to every law enforcement agency in the tri-state area and the sheriff is encouraging the men to surrender peacefully.

"They may hide for a while, but they cannot hide forever," said Kenny Dickerson, Marshall County sheriff.

Dickerson and every other law enforcement officer in the FBI's National Crime Information Center network spent Tuesday looking for the men who investigators say are responsible for Patterson's death.

"We've worked non-stop in an effort to identify those responsible," he said.

Rico Fleming of Moscow, TN, and Cory Albright of Rossville, TN, are each wanted for one count of murder and five counts of drive-by shooting.

"As a result of the long hours and work on this particular case, we've identified two people who we believe are responsible for the shooting," Dickerson said.

Patterson, a Memphis Sheffield High School student, died after investigators say the two men fired an assault rifle into her vehicle just west of Slayden, MS, around 2:30 Christmas morning.

Three others in the car were injured, a fourth was unharmed.

Dickerson said concerned citizens phoned in tips.

"We had one lead and that led to another and on to the end result being enough probable cause," he said.

Dickerson said the men sometimes use aliases. Fleming also goes by the last name Morris and Albright also goes by the last name Pool.

Deputies say both men should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on the men should contact the Marshall County Sheriff's Department at 662-252-1311 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169.

Patterson's family will hold a candle light vigil at Sheffield High School Wednesday. Her funeral is Saturday at Olivet Baptist Church on Knight Arnold in Memphis.

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