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Kemper County deputies investigate shooting

By By Sheila Blackmon/The Meridian Star
Dec. 19, 2000
DEKALB Kemper County sheriff's deputies continue to search for a motive in a shooting last week that hospitalized Robert Earl Byrd of Scooba.
Ramaro Dansby, 14, also of Scooba, was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated assault. He was released the same day after posting a $2,500 bond. Kemper County Sheriff Sam Tisdale said he has been charged as an adult.
Tisdale said Byrd was shot three times in the leg with a .38-caliber handgun in the Piney Woods community, about 5 miles north of Scooba on Old Highway 45. Deputies received the call about 11:45 Wednesday night.
Tisdale said there were no witnesses and questioning the youth and the victim yielded no motive.
Byrd was transported to Noxubee General Hospital then later transferred to a Columbus hospital. He was expected to be released Monday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Johnny Johnson of the Preston community, shot three times with a .22-caliber handgun last Tuesday, was still in the intensive care unit at Rush Foundation Hospital over the weekend. Tisdale said he was able to talk to Johnson and his condition has improved. Jeffery Hampton of Preston is charged with aggravated assault in connection with the shooting.
Sheila Blackmon is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail her at sblackmon@themeridianstar.com.

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