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Police searching for shooting suspect

A local man is waking up this morning still recovering from a gunshot wound to the lower neck he sustained last Wednesday. Unfortunately, the man he — and Selma Police — believe fired the shot, is waking up still free.


Selma Police are looking for 17-year-old Jamarious Shaw for his reported involvement in the shooting that happened on March 7 at around 6:25 p.m. on the 1500 block of Lawrence St.

“At this point, we are not entirely sure what led to the shooting, but we do know there was a verbal altercation involving the suspect and a group either near — or including — the victim,” Selma Chief of Police William T. Riley said. “After the altercation, the suspect produced a weapon and then allegedly fired in the direction of the victim.”

Riley said the wounds suffered by the victim, an 18-year-old male, are serious, but not life threatening.

Police are now asking the community’s help in finding Shaw, who they believe to still be in the Selma area.

“From what we know and what we have heard, we believe he is still in the area,” Riley said. “He does have family in the area and we have talked to those family members, including his mother.”

Shaw, a black male, is described as standing 5-foot-3, 125 pounds and dark complexion.

“Based on the severity of the crime, the viciousness of the crime, and the fact it involved a gun, he is being charged as an adult,” Riley said.

The department holds a warrant for Shaw’s arrest on the charge of first-degree assault. And, Riley said, this is not Shaw’s first problems with the law.

“Let’s just say, Shaw has had his brush with the law in the past,” Riley said.

Shaw, who Riley said was identified by the victim, should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on Shaw’s whereabouts are asked to call the department’s anonymous line at 874-6611 or CrimeStoppers at 800-44CRIME (422-7463).