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A deadly shooting is under investigation in starkville at this hour.

Out scott martin has been at the scene all afternoon.

He joins us live.

Scott what have you learned?

Aundrea, starkville police tell us a black man was found dead when police got to the scene.

Around 1:45 is when police got a call about a shooting here at the brookville garden apartments.

When we got here, the man's body was in the parking lot beside a black car and a van.

The black car was later taken off by a tow truck and appears it had been rammed.

Police aren't saying why the car was taken off or what it has to do with the investigation 2 to make sure people know this happened.

We won't get into many details until we know what happened.

Any incident like this is unfortunate.

We will continue to drive on and do what we have to do to fully investigate this incident.

We have new details tonight on a fatal shooting in west point that we first reported on yesterday.

Corner alvin carter confirms the victim in the shooting is 40- year-old jamel banks.

Now west police are investigating the city's second homicide this year.

Our quentin smith speaks with the police chief and joins us live in the studio with the latest... aundrea, it's been a little more than 24 hours since that fatal shooting and many people here in west point still in disbelief and devastated by what happened.

Police have been working tirelessly on this case.

The person who pulled the trigger is still on the streets..... that's why they're pleading for anyone with information to come forward... this is the scene on lowe street one day after jamel banks was shot and killed.

Yellow crime tape still stuck in the fence... and things are quiet and calm outside compared to how things were the night before.

"this is bad for our community" it was around 6 o'clock monday evening when banks was shot and killed on lowe street outside his mother's home.

Banks was shot multiple times and pronounced dead on scene.

" it's very devastating to come out and see your son laying there in a pool of blood in the not knowing what happened or why that happened."

Police chief avery cook says investigators were on scene for more than 6 hours trying piece together what happened.

But so far they're running into a stumbling block in their investigation.

There wasn't much evidence left behind and people are not wanting to come forward with information.

" we have right now no motive, no suspects, but we do have a few leads that we are looking into."

Banks worked at this car wash that sits along highway 50 east.

Cook says it doesn't appear that banks had any known enemies.

While the reason behind the shooting remains unclear, the one thing that is clear, investigators are committed to staying on top of this case until an arrest has been made... "this is a good community and to have something like this go on around the holidays is devastating to the community, to the family, and all of those a try to abide by the law."

The state bureau of investigation has been brought in to assist west point police in this case.

If anyone has any information on this incident is asked to contact golden triangle crimestoppers or the west point police department, and remember you can report anonymously take developing story stinger centred up the body of a man last seen leaving his starkville apartment is found in lowndes county.

31-year-old richard corey baughn was last seen november 12th on stark road.

This morning, lowndes county deputies found him inside of his car in a wooded area, just off highway 45.

The location is was between highways 82 and 182.

Deputies were assisting starkville police in the search for baughn.

A death investigation is underway.

No other details about the case were released.

In less than a week two long- time columbus police officers resigned.

These are just the latest departures in what some are calling a trend in the past year.

Our rylie livingston takes a look at what this means for this department... she joins us in the studio with more.

Columbus police chief fred shelton says it feels like losing a member of the family and that family has been dwindling this year.

Since the beginning of 2019 more officers have walked out of the columbus police department than have walked in.

The department has hired 13 new people but 19 have left... including three of the new hires.

Now people are asking why.

"i definitely think that is a issue that we have to take a look at, you know, as a council, you know, we have to make sure that our streets are safe.

We have to make sure that we have all the right people in place, you know, to do so."

Police chief fred shelton says while he can't say why some are leaving... he can say that it's not a morale problem.

"there are two sides of the story.

And then there's always the truth.

And the truth is we have a good department we have a strong department will be an effective, efficient and productive.."

Councilman stephen jones disagrees.

"if you have this many officers down, you know, it has to be a morale problem also, you know, because they're leaving for a reason you know?"

The department is designed to work with a full of staff of 77.... even with the lower numbers shelton says the job goes on.

"one of the things that they will not change, regardless of the people is the mission.

The mission is to protect the services in columbus.

And we do that and we do it every day, regardless of how many people we have.

That's the job.

That's the mission and we keep doing the mission."

But getting people to stay is important.

And jones says that may mean examining existing policy and procedures jones believes the city council will look into the problem at its next meeting.

First look stinger first look summary: gusty storms are possible tonight as a cold front moves through the region.

We'll get into a quiet weather pattern wednesday through friday but another powerful front may spark more strong storms saturday or saturday night.

Tuesday night: mostly cloudy and breezy.

Southerly winds 10-25 mph with gusts over 30 mph.

Showers and storms are likely and some could be severe with damaging wind gust the primary concern.

The tornado threat is not zero but it remains low.

A quick 1/4" to 1 1/2" of rain may fall.

Temperatures will be mainly in the 60s all night long, or until the cold front passes.

Wednesday: a few showers may be lingering around just after sunrise but the sky is expected to clear out a great deal as the day unfolds.

We're going to call it partly cloudy overall.

Highs will range from the 50s to lower 60s with wnw winds 10-20 continuing.

Travel around the region looks pretty good for folks looking to get away for the thanksgiving holiday.

Take vo in monitor possible tonight as a cold front moves through the region.

We'll get into a quiet weather pattern wednesday through friday but another powerful front may spark more strong storms saturday or saturday night.

Tuesday night: mostly cloudy and breezy.

Southerly winds 10-25 mph with gusts over 30 mph.

Showers and storms are when you pull out of your drive way every day, having a blow out or a flat tire is probably the last thing on your mind.

But, for one lowndes county resident, it's a daily fear.

Our cash matlock joins us live in the studio with more on the story, cash?

Aundrea, jennifer sanders has lived next to steel dynamics for a little over a year now.

Already, she says the fallen scrap metal has cost her thousands of dollars in new tires and other car repairs.

"that's where the busted tires and the busted windshields come from, right there."

Jennifer sanders walks along old macon road near her home in lowndes county... she's looking for scrap metal... something that isn't always visible at first glance.

"you get sharp pieces like this... little shards..."

Even though sanders has only lived here for a little over a year, her mother-in-law has lived here for 10 years-- before the steel mill opened.

Sanders says there's no telling how many pounds of scrap metal she's collecting over the last decade... some pieces dating back to 2014.

"it's constant anxiety because you don't want to leave your driveway because you know that you're gonna have to look and possibly run over some metal scrap in the road."

Sanders has two children.

She says her fear is amplified when they are in the car with her.

"it's very frightening to think that if i run over something, they could be in the car with me when i have a blow out or something on the highway.

It scares me to death thinking they could be in the car with me when something like that happens."

We contacted steel dynamics.

Here's their statement.

"sdi is aware of the issue and is sympathetic to the concerns raised.

The scrap is unloaded at the port and transported to the mill by third parties.

Those parties are local and understand their responsibility to contain the material.

To help the community, sdi pays to clean the roads with a magnet..."

Sanders says that's simply... ... not enough.

"i feel that the steel company is responsible because they are the ones who contract out the haulers.

The haulers are responsible because they're the ones who haul it from point a to point b."

"we should be able to drive on the roads and not have to worry about being injured."

Take vo in monitor sanders says on any given day, the company's magnet will collect 35 to 75 pounds of scrap metal off the road.

Stinger they may have a nationwide following but some homegrown rappers are keeping it local..

We take you to a special holiday homecoming when we come back... centred welcome back..

A member of the rap group "rae sremmurd" comes home to give back to the community before thanksgiving.

Slim jimmy spent a couple of hours at fairpark in downtown tupelo, handing out turkeys..

Slim jimmy, known as "aaquil" to many in tupelo, formed the rap group with his brother, khalif, known as swae lee.

The group has enjoyed worldwide success, and slim jimmy said he never will forget his hometown and those who were with him from the start.

"it's important to do this because this is where i'm from and a lot of these people saw me growing up, they know me and see how far i came and i want them to know i haven't forgotten about them or where i came from.

Sremm life."

More than one thousand turkeys were given out this afternoon at fairpark.

Wipe to vo and no thanksgiving meal would be complete without dessert..

The ladies at the country store bake sale at the stephen d.

Lee home in columbus had that covered..

There was a variety of "made- from-scratch" goods like pies, cakes, cookies, and jams... nearly 100 busy bakers made treats for the 59th annual event..

The proceeds go to the up-keep of the historic home.

"we have, in the past, helped re-roof the home.

Recently we have put awnings on the front and back doors, and we have re-renovated the kitchen."

"we like to provide that support for the foundation because it is a part of our heritage."

Last year, the bake sale raised almost eight thousand dollars.

Stinger wx open sunny, drier, and cooler weather will continue for the end of the week now that the cold front has pushed through the area.

Rain chances slowly increase through the weekend and into early next week as our next cold front approaches.

Monday will be our best chance for showers and storms. wednesday night: cooler air will continue to move in overnight tonight with lows in the low to mid 40s.

Winds will be out of the north at 5-10 mph.

Thursday-friday: we'll see plenty of sun for the end of the week with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s.

A nice breeze out of the north will help to keep us comfortable through the day.

Morning lows will be in the 40s, so you may have to add an extra layer as you head out the door.

Saturday-sunday: temperatures will return to the mid to upper 70s for the weekend as a few showers slowly creep back into the area.

We'll keep rain chances lower for saturday, but there could be a few more showers on sunday as a cold front approaches.

Either way, the weekend overall will be pretty nice as many of us won't see rainnd will see plenty of sunshine.

Monday: showers and storms will develop through the day and will likely last into the evening.

Some storms could produce heavy rain and gusty winds.

Temperatures will top out in the mid 70s by the afternoon hours.

Tuesday- wednesday: once the cold front passes, rain will exit and temperatures will cool once again with highs stinger the bulldogs postseason streak depends on an egg bowl win... hear from the players heading into in sports... spx open for mississippi state players...the egg bowl is an obvious must win....but this year presents a situation that hasn't happened often the bulldogs need a win for bowl make it 10 straight seasons of postseason play..

In the past, mississippi state is 3-0 all time when the egg bowl decided their postseason chances... bulldog players say the coaching staff is saying to treat this bigger than a rivalry game "our coaches have been telling us its like a championship game.

They don't have something to lose, we have something to lose.

We're going to take it seriously.

Try to get bowl eligible.

Go out, perform, do our best, and have fun.

Main thing is keep the egg bowl where it's supposed to be."

"you know it's a big game, so veteran guys that have played in this game know how big it is.

Know how a big play can swing momentum and change things around."

"you can't really prepare, the intensity is already there.

It's a big rivalry.

Everyone already knows what kind of rivalry this is.

If you don't have intensity for this game, this isn't the game for you."

While plenty of the freshman that will be playing in the egg bowl for the first time grew up around the rivalry....matt luke wants to make sure everyone knows just how big a game this is freshman qb john rhys plumlee says the team recently got together for a meal, just the head coach and the freshman class, to talk about what's at stake thursday "we're sitting there, and he's like guys, i just want you to realize how big a game this is.

Growing up he said, this was the game that determined whether he had a good or bad year of growing up.

Now especially as the head coach of the university of mississippi it really determines if he'll have a good or bad year.

We want it for him.

Selfishly, we want it for us to because everyone wants to win this game, we want to win it bad, but we definitely want it for coach luke."

"i've grown up a rebel fan my whole life.

Cheering for ole miss forever.

My room is decorated with ole miss decor, the egg bowl is definitely a big deal in my household."

Tune in at 6:30 pm wednesday for our annual egg bowl special hear from the coaches, players, as well as analysis for the big game make sure you tune in then!

The final lineman of the week of the 2019 high school football season for one more time, we give it up to a big fella that dominated in the trenches, and to the folks that help us keep the lights on at home "tonight's lineman of the week with starkville is brought to you by starkville utilities" tonight's lineman of the week is orlando smith.....orlando has four years of service with starkville utilities.

Wcbi's lineman of the week is starkville's dominant d- lineman bo-peep!

Jaylan ware ware was a force in the jackets' 20-3 win over olive branch, 11 tackles...on the season, ware has 85 tackles, 21 for a loss ware and starkville will look to punch a ticket to the 6a state championship...ta king on oxford in the north half final

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