Pictured above (left to right): Malik Wright, Jajuan Smith
CARBONDALE – Four people have been charged in an early Sunday morning shooting in Carbondale.
According to Carbondale Police, 25-year-old Malik Wright, 22-year-old JaJuan Smith, and two male juvenile ages 16 and 16, all from Carbondale, were arrested for their involvement in the incident.
Police said officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 300 block of East Walnut Street around 1:50 a.m. when a Jackson County Sheriff’s deputy was simuteneously driving through the area and witnessed a vehicle fleeing the scene.
With help from Carbondale officers, the deputy pursued the suspect vehicle until it came to a stop in the 300 block of East James and Thelma Walker. The deputy and officers took three suspects into custody, Wright and two juveniles.
An investigation revealed the suspects and others from a different vehicle shot at each other. Smith, one of the suspects from the second vehicle, sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound during the incident. He was treated and released from Memorial Hospital of Carbondale and arrested for his part in the shooting.
Wright was charged with aggravated unlawful use of weapon, aggravated fleeing to elude and several other lesser charges. Both juveniles were charged with aggravated unlawful use of weapons, aggravated discharge of weapons and possession of firearms without a FOID. Smith was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated discharge of a weapon and reckless discharge of a weapon. All four suspects were jailed on their charges.