Jante Simpson

Jante Simpson

A Laurel man surrendered himself to authorities Monday evening in connection to a shooting that occurred at a Mize Street apartment complex last week. 

Jante Simpson, 18, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with indifference to life. Simpson reportedly left the scene at the time of the shooting and was wanted by the Jones County Sheriff's Department. Simpson turned himself in to Sgt. J.D. Carter of JCSD. 

Simpson is accused of shooting 18-year-old Keshawn Leverette five times at Leverette's apartment Sept. 6 around midnight.

Leverette was transported to Forrest General Hospital for his injuries, said Investigator Sgt. J.D. Carter of JCSD.

Simpson was supposed to turn himself in to authorities Sept. 8, but "must have had a change of heart,” Carter said.

The initial investigation indicates that Simpson reportedly knocked at Leverette's apartment door around 11:30 p.m. Monday. When Leverette answered the door, Simpson was reportedly upset that Leverette had not spoken to Simpson in a while and reportedly told Leverette, “Don’t you remember me” before shooting him five times. Simpson then left the scene.

At the time of the shooting, two children ages 4 and 6 were in the apartment, and Leverette's main concern was getting the children to safety, Carter said.

“His brother’s two children were in the home, and he called someone to let them know what happened to make sure the children were safe,” Carter said. “We think he tried to get the children into the car to take them to safety while the friend called 911 to report the shooting.”

The Ellisville Police Department and Jones County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene, and Leverette was transported to Forrest General after sustaining life-threatening injuries from being shot in the arm, chest and leg.

Bruce Russell, Ellisville police chief, said JCSD would help conduct the investigation into the shooting.

Anyone with information on the shooting should contact EPD at 601-477-9252, JCSD at 601-425-3147 or Jones County Crime Stoppers at 601-428-STOP (7867).

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