West Point native charged in Lowndes shooting

DTL Staff
Staff Writer

A West Point native now living in Lowndes County is charged with shooting at two people in Columbus two weeks ago. And in an unrelated case, a West Point man is arrested on methamphetamine charges in Columbus.

In the shooting case, 21-year-old Donta Perry faces two aggravated assault charges stemming from an Oct. 1 incident outside A.J.'s Grocery on Land Road in northwestern Lowndes County.

According to Lowndes County Sheriff's Capt. Greg Wright, the victim and Perry had an altercation in the parking lot and Perry opened fire on the car in which the other person was riding.

The victim was cut by glass from the window and may have had a grazing wound to his head, Wright said. The driver was unhurt.

Detectives had been looking for Perry since the shooting. He turned himself in just before noon Friday.

In the drug case, 46-year-old James Chadwick Wilder, of 421 W. Loop Drive in West Point, is charged with possession of methamphetamine after Columbus Police officers found the drug on him during a safety check at the east bank of the Stennis Lock and Dam at about 12:45 a.m. Thursday.

Officers routinely check the park areas around the dam for security and potential drug use. He also was charged with failure to appear for not showing up in Columbus Municipal Court on a prior charge.