June 12, 2019 10:26:11 AM
Alex Holloway - [email protected]
Starkville police have arrested two suspects in connection with a Monday evening shooting at McKee Park.
Police have charged Cedric "Rambo" Splounge, 19, with aggravated assault. His brother, Kentravious Splounge, 18, was arrested on suspicion of accessory after the fact. Both suspects are from Greenville.
Cedric Splounge, according to police, was found staying with a family member on Lynn Lane.
Police began searching for two suspects Monday after a shooting shortly after 6 p.m. at McKee Park hospitalized a male victim. The victim, according to witnesses, was shot near the basketball courts. Starkville Police Department issued a press release on Tuesday saying the incident is believed to have stemmed from an argument.
Cedric Splounge is being held in the Oktibbeha County Jail on $2 million bond. Kentravius Splounge's bond is set at $1 million.
Mayor Lynn Spruill announced the arrests Tuesday afternoon on Twitter, saying, "The Starkville police department @Starkville_PD is the best. They have caught the shooter and the accomplice. I am so proud of our guys. Congratulations."
The victim was treated and released on Monday after the shooting.
The shooting happened while recreational league baseball games were ongoing at the park. The city has announced that it will begin increasing police presence for large events, such as the games that were taking place at McKee Park on Monday evening.
According to SPD's release, the department will begin increasing patrols through city parks. Officers also on Tuesday spoke with youth who were alarmed by the shooting.
"It's very unfortunate that someone would fire a weapon at a park where children are playing," Starkville Police Chief Frank Nichols said in an issued statement. "We take the safety of our citizens very serious and we'll see to the full extent of justice being served."
SPD announced on Tuesday afternoon that it was offering a $1,000 reward for any information that led to an arrest in the shooting case. Police have not yet answered whether any tips that came in after that announcement led to the Tuesday evening arrests.
Alex Holloway was formerly a reporter with The Dispatch.