Police, Victim's Family Say 'Enough is Enough' Following Another Shooting

By JORDAN VANDENBERGE | jvandenberge@tristatehomepage.com

Published 03/25 2014 06:32PM

Updated 03/25 2014 06:44PM

Evansville Police have arrested a 'person of interest' in Monday's shootings on an unrelated warrant. Meanwhile, the victim's family hopes history has repeated itself for the last time.

Evansville Police arrested Dalarrius Jackson, 20, Tuesday afternoon on an unrelated warrant. Jackson is considered a person of interest in two overnight shootings, according to Sgt. Jason Cullum. Police said Jackson, who is the leader of the LA Zombies street gang, has a lengthy criminal record.

The first shooting happened around 9:30 pm Monday in the 1600 block of South Linwood. The gunshots pierced through the front door of one of the homes and injured a woman inside, police said. Another home was also hit.

The woman injured in the shooting, police said, is the mother of a man who was shot near Vann Avenue in January 2013. The alleged gunman in that case is Dalarrius Jackson, police said.

The second shooting Monday night happened about an hour later in the 1600 block of East Michigan. The bullet narrowly missed a baby sleeping inside the downstairs apartment, police said.

"One of these days, we're going to have an innocent child that's killed by one of these stray bullets from these gang bangers," said Sgt. Jason Cullum. "We really don't want it to get to that point before the community opens it's eyes and says 'we have a problem.'"

While Jackson has not officially been charged with the overnight shootings, police said he was charged in connection with the Vann Ave. shooting in January 2013.

As a result of those charges, Jackson pleaded guilty to criminal recklessness and received 18 months probation, according to court records. Authorities had to go with the lesser charge because the victim in that case refused to testify, according to Sgt. Jason Cullum.

Earlier this month, officers arrested Jackson for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to court records. However, that charge was amended to a misdemeanor because Jackson had no prior felony conviction, according to court records.

Jackson's sentence of 18 months probation took effect February 28th, 2014, according to court records. The next day, police said, he was arrested on the weapons charge. A judge revoked Jackson's probation Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

The family of the victim in Monday night's shooting knows Jackson's violent track record all to well.

"He and my nephew got into it a year ago and he shot my nephew in the knee," said Adrian Wildy. "My nephew pressed charges and the guy kept coming back around threatening him. It seems like [Jackson] doesn't care who he's shooting at."

"Something must be wrong with him or he must be out of his mind. He don't even care who he's shooting at. He's going to endup getting a bullet in him and we're going to end up getting arrested."

Monday night's shootings bring the city's total to 15 in just the first three months of 2014. Most of the shootings can be traced back to a select group of individuals, police said. However, many investigations are met with a lack of cooperation from victims or witnesses, police said.

"Members of this community in these neighborhoods where this violence is going on have to understand that you can't have silence and justice at the same time," Sgt. Cullum said.

Outside Wildy's house is a 'crime watch' sign. Perhaps it's ironic because Wildy said he's seen enough of it.

"We not scared or anything. We just want the guy locked up," Wildy said. "If he don't [sic] get locked up, we're going to end up doing something to him and they're going to end up arresting us. We don't want to do it but we have to defend ourselves."


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