UPDATE: Shots fired during funeral kills one
Published 7:08 pm Tuesday, June 29, 2021
UPDATE: LITTLE HAS BEEN APPREHENDED
Shots were fired during a funeral over the weekend leaving one man dead and three others injured.
Sergeant Randle Johnson with the Fort Deposit Police Department held a press conference Tuesday, June 29, at 1 p.m. requesting the public’s help in locating Jarald Little, 40, who they believe fired shots during a funeral Saturday in Fort Deposit.
Little should be considered armed and dangerous.
Johnson said during the funeral for James Gibson, Gerald Little began disrupting the service and was asked to leave. Little was eventually escorted out.
Following the service, family and friends gathered at the burial site. Little, accompanied by a black female, drove through the burial location in a white SUV blaring music and disrupting the families that were gathered paying their respects. Authorities said a couple of the family members went over to the SUV to ask him to leave. Little exited the vehicle and began arguing with the family members.
According to witnesses, Little pulled a firearm and began swinging it toward the crowd and began shooting at random.
Four individuals were shot, one victim, Jerry Gibson, died from his injuries.
The other three victims are recovering.
Law enforcement are not sure to the motives of the shooting or why Little was disruptive during the funeral.
The incident is still under investigation.
The Fort Deposit Police Department are working with surrounding law enforcement agencies to locate Little, including the U.S. Marshall Service.
“I would like to let the family know that our condolences go out to them,” Jacqulyn Boone, Fort Deposit Mayor, said. “I would like to let the citizens know that the Fort Deposit Police Department, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office along with other agencies are doing the best they can to get this resolved.”
If you know the whereabouts of Gerald Little, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or the Fort Deposit Police Department at 334-227-4331.