Police continue investigation in Southaven shooting - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Ben Watson

Police continue investigation in Southaven shooting

For Southhaven police, the murder Saturday night the Southhaven Performing Arts Center was a terrible tragedy.

Southaven Police Lt. Mark Little said 16-year-old Dexter Harris was shot by 27-year-old Justin Thomas.

"He was hit in the upper torso, and the leg. The left leg," Little said.

According to investigators, moments before the shooting, Thomas shot his gun in the air during a fight in the Performing Arts Center parking lot.

"The alleged shooter got into his vehicle to leave. Some of the other guys outside crowded his vehicle and began hitting and kicking his car, and that's when we believe that he looked outside his car and shot, and that's when the youth was hit," Little said.

Little said investigators were talking to several witnesses right now to get more information about whether Harris was involved in the fight, or was an innocent bystander.

Little said family members are devastated.

"They were in mourning they were still in shock," he said. "I just told them what our plans are and how we are going to work this investigation."

Officers arrested Thomas at his home several hours after the shooting. Now police are trying to understand how a Saturday night dance could take such a deadly turn.

Thomas is locked up at the DeSoto County jail facing murder charges.

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