PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - A Pascagoula man and his mother are both in jail connected to a shooting that sent an elementary school into lockdown Tuesday morning. Pascagoula Police said the lockdown at Cherokee Elementary School was only a precaution, and the shooter never even made it on to the school property.
Investigators said everything started with a fight just before 11am on Brazil Street. Clarence William Jones III shot at another person, who then ran to Cherokee Elementary to escape from Jones. A teacher heard the gunfire, and alerted school officials and police.
Once the officers realized the school was not the crime scene, they took the victim back to Brazil Street. That's where they arrested Jones for attempted aggravated assault and possession of a stolen firearm.
His mother, Trina Peden Ratliff, 40, also lives on Brazil Street, and was arrested for being in possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm.
Both mom and son were being held at the Pascagoula Municipal Jail where they await an initial appearance before Judge Michael Fondren Wednesday morning.