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Downtown Jackson Shooting Leads to Two Arrests

By Emily Cassulo
By ecassulo@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - Jackson police have arrested two men in the latest report of late night gunfire in the Hub City.

When shots rang out near downtown and in east Jackson Tuesday night, calls flooded in to police, and thanks to some quick work by law enforcement officers on and off-duty, two arrests were made.

Residents who work and live on Deaderick Street said they have had enough of the violence.

"It's time for it to end," said resident Roger Markin. "We have wonderful neighbors in this area - law-abiding Christian people who are all sick of it. I'm sick of it."

According to police, the shooting started in the parking lot of Abel's Way Food Mart on North Highland Avenue. An off-duty Madison County sheriff's deputy told investigators he witnessed a man shoot at a car.

From there, police said Daniel Perkins, 20, and Robert Barham, 28, were seen driving a silver Honda toward Greenwood Avenue, where they were arrested.

Investigators said they found the gun, and smelled burned marijuana inside the car. They added they also found about 19 grams of marijuana in the pocket of Perkins' shorts.

"We've got to have the police crack down and clean up this area," Markin said.

Pastor Shamond Scales of The Zion Church, which is down the street from the shooting, said because they have had several incidents like this over the years, they have security patrolling the area.

"If there's any place that you should be able to come and feel safe, it should be the house of God," Scales said. "We don't want people to come here frustrated with worshiping or nervous worshiping God."

Police told 7 Eyewitness News they have no evidence that this is gang-related. They said there is an increase in illegal gun possession, and disagreements are leading to gunfire.

Residents said the criminals need to learn how to obey the laws, or move away.

"A lot of my neighbors are becoming gun-carrying civilians, and all I can say is people who are doing this stuff, better watch out," Markin said.

Investigators said they have watched the surveillance video from the convenience store, and said what they saw will be valuable to the investigation.

The driver, Barham, is charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police said he has convictions in both Gibson and Madison Counties for crimes such as auto burglary, vandalism and theft.

The passenger in the car, Perkins, is charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of a firearm.

Both Perkins and Barham are free on bond. Their next scheduled court appearance is August 16 in Jackson City Court.