Jimmy Lyons, a 32-year-old man from Brookhaven, Mississippi has been arrested after he opened fire at a five-member family he was living with, leaving two people dead. According to NBC News, Lyons shot and killed 31-year-old Jermaine Sims, the owner of the home Jimmy was living in — as well as his 9-year-old daughter. Three other members of the family, including Jermaine’s 29-year-old wife and his two other children aged six and 14 were injured in the incident.
According to the report, after the shooting occurred, Jermaine’s injured wife Victoria crossed a two-lane highway and knocked at a neighbor’s door calling for help. According to the neighbor identified as Donna Davis, the scene at her door was something straight out of a horror movie. According to Donna, Victoria was shouting for help and yelled “We’ve been hit” when she knocked at her door. Initially, Donna thought Victoria was hit by a car since there was a lot of blood over her.
Donna Davis called emergency services immediately after which paramedics reached her trailer home located just 100 yards across the street from where Jermaine lived with his family. Police officials too reached the spot and found Victoria Sims and her two children lying wounded. They soon entered Jermaine’s home where they found him dead along with his daughter. The police also found Jimmy Lyons inside the house. He was not injured and was soon taken into custody.
According to Brookhaven Police Captain Clint Earls, Victoria and her other two children have all survived the shooting but remain in critical condition. He added that the shooting happened after an argument broke out between Lyons and Jermaine.
“The only thing we are waiting on is getting some of the victims in well-enough health to where they can shed some light on what caused the incident to erupt,” Earls said.
Meanwhile, according to a report by The Clarion Ledger, Jimmy Lyons has not displayed any remorse at what he did. It cites Brookhaven police Chief Bobby Bell who said;
“Right now he’s acting like he did what he had to do. Basically we have a confession from him. We have evidence that we have collected from the crime scene to send to the crime lab, and we’re going to have to interview the survivors of this situation once they’re able to talk to us.”
Jimmy Lyons now faces two counts of murder as well as three counts of aggravated assault. Do you think cases of senseless violence like these are on the rise in the U.S.?
[Image Via The Clarion Ledger]