April 23, 2019 10:18:20 AM
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Starkville Police Department officers are investigating an early Saturday morning shooting on Highway 82 that sent two victims to the hospital.
According to a department press release, officers and Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the reported shooting at 2:02 a.m. Saturday on Highway 82, between Highways 25 and 389.
When officers arrived, they found a vehicle off the road and two male victims with apparent gunshot wounds.
Police believe the victims were driving through Starkville on their way to their residence in Columbus. According to the release, the vehicle was eastbound on Highway 82 before being hit by multiple gunshots and leaving the road.
SPD Public Information Officer Brandon Lovelady said the incident remains under investigation, and SPD is not yet ready to release any possible suspect descriptions or speak to possible motives for the shooting. He added police do not currently believe the shooting was a random incident.
Lovelady said one victim was airlifted from the scene to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, and the other was sent to OCH Regional Medical Center.
Oktibbeha County Emergency Medical Services Director Michael Hunt said the victim at OCH is in stable condition. He said he was not sure of the other victim's status.
Two other vehicle occupants were unharmed, according to the release.
Anyone with information on the shooting is requested to contact SPD at 662-323-4131 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 800-530-7151.
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