Second suspect charged in shooting

Tymothens Rafael Henry
Staff Writer

A shooting victim remains in critical condition as West Point Police arrested a second suspect in the case.

Tymothens Rafael Henry, 30, turned himself in to police Wednesday afternoon after police began searching for him earlier this week. Henry is from Columbus originally but had been living in West Point, Police Chief Avery Cook said.

Henry's father brought him to police, according to the chief.

Police still have not recovered any weapons that might have been involved in the shooting, which happened at about 2 a.m. Saturday inside a house near the old Northside School in the 300 block of Fifth Street North.

One suspect, 21-year-old Joshua Maurice Ewing, was arrested Saturday afternoon and charged with accessory after the fact. He remains in the Clay County Jail on $200,000 bond.

Cook said Thursday morning investigators still are piecing together who was involved in the actual shooting inside the residence and who might have helped afterwards and charges could be modified.

The department is looking for two or more additional suspects. The chief said detectives are going by street names for other suspects and don't have actual names.

Meanwhile, the victim, who was shot several times, including at least twice in the body, according to the chief, remains in North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

"He wasn't doing too good last night," Cook said Thursday morning.

Henry's bond is expected to be set during a hearing in Municipal Court Friday morning. A check of Circuit Court records in Clay and Lowndes counties did not turn up any prior felony charges against Henry.

Investigators think the altercation started outside in the yard and escalated inside the home, according to Cook.

Someone else who was in the home called 911 after the shooting, Cook said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call West Point Police at 662-494-1244.