Woodland man charged after three injured in Clay shooting

48-year-old Gene Sparks
DTL Editor

A Chickasaw County man has been charged after three people were shot and another person physically assaulted during an altercation in northern Clay County over the weekend.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday investigators arrested and charged 48-year-old Gene Sparks of Woodland with three counts of aggravated assault following the incident.

Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said deputies responded to a call of a shooting in the 2000 block of Happy Hollow Road Saturday afternoon at about 4 p.m.

Once on scene, deputies found a female victim had been shot and two other victims transported by private vehicle to North Mississippi Medical Center - West Point. A fourth female victim was allegedly punched in the stomach and was also transported to the hospital in West Point.

She was later released.

After being taken to the West Point hospital, all three shooting victims were then transported to NMMC-Tupelo for treatment, before one was then transferred again to a hospital in Jackson.

The sheriff said following a preliminary investigation, it is believed the incident occurred on the roadway adjoining Sparks’ home.

He also said investigators were working to establish a motive.

Sparks is currently in the Clay County Detention Center and was set to be arraigned some time Monday afternoon, Scott said.

Scott then said shortly before press time Monday that deputies are still trying to sort out the details of the shooting, but confirmed the victim transported to Jackson required surgery due to their injuries and their exact status was not clear.

He also confirmed the other two victims’ injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

“We were sending some investigators to go up there [to the hospital in Tupelo] this afternoon,” Scott said Monday. “We’re still trying to figure out all it was about, and we think it could possibly be a relationship kind of thing, but, of course, we can’t be totally sure right now.”