McQueen Not Ruling Smith Out as Shooter to Gunshot Victim
Femme Fatale Kalmesha Jackson In the Mix Once Again
Just before 1 am Sunday morning, Columbus/Lowndes E-911 received several panicked calls about “shots fired”at the Columbus Fairgrounds. Columbus Police Officers and Lowndes County Sheriff’s Deputies responded in heavy force to the scene. Shortly after they arrived, the officers had one black male subject in custody. The subject had in his possession a Hi-Point .380 handgun.
CPD Officers William Thrasher, Joshua Vandiver, Christopher Smith and Sergeant James Grant were on scene with Metro Narcotics Agent Archie Williams. Deputies controlled the flow of traffic out of the lot onto Highway 69 South. The parking lot, which had been packed moments before, emptied out within minutes as people rushed to their cars to flee the scene.
Once arrested, the subject was identified as 23-year-old Sherman Smith, the son of Columbus Mayor Robert Smith and Charlene Gardner. Sherman Smith has an identical twin brother, German Smith, and according to sources it is not uncommon for the two to use each other’s names.
Sherman initially claimed to be “German” on scene. After a drawn out process of background checks and cross referencing information, the officers eventually checked the male over for tattoos; German has several tattoos while Sherman does not. After the check, he was identified as Sherman Lydell Smith of 26 Subdivision Road. Sherman had two warrants out for his arrest, one for Contempt of Court and one for False Information. He was charged with possession of a concealed weapon and taken into custody.
Once he was identified as the son of Mayor Robert Smith, the CPD used new guidelines that were handed down on Feb.16 and contacted Chief of Police Selvain McQueen. According to the Guidelines for the Uniform Patrol Division, Guideline number 12 states: “On calls involving a law enforcement officer active or retired, any calls concerning a city employee or elected official or his or her family member, a supervisor will respond to the scene and notify me of the situation promptly.”
CPD Captain Fred Shelton arrived at The Fairgrounds while Smith’s identity was being confirmed and contacted Chief McQueen who arrived on scene shortly after.
Approximately 45 minutes after the incident at The Fairgrounds, a black male arrived at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle Emergency Room with a gunshot wound to his right leg.
The man gave hospital personnel a fake name and bad information as to where he was when he was shot. Hospital staff contacted E-911, as is policy when there is a gunshot victim, and Officer Brian Jenkins and Captain Fred Shelton responded to the ER. After continuously giving the same false information, the male admitted that his name was Joshua Wilson and that he had been shot at the Fairgrounds. According to those close to Wilson, he frequently provides false information and favors the name Jeremy Hendricks.
Wilson, 21, suffered a gunshot wound to the back of his leg, with the bullet entering through his hamstring and exiting just below his kneecap. He was airlifted to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson where they initially thought he might lose his leg. As of press time Wednesday evening, Wilson’s wound is healing and he is expected to make a full recovery. Notably, on the ankle of the injured leg Wilson was sporting an electronic monitoring bracelet for a Jan. 12, arrest for probation violation.
Sources report that Kalmesha Jackson was by Wilson’s side at BMH-GT and at UMMC- Jackson.
Jackson, a 2008 graduate of Columbus High, is quickly becoming a local femme fatale, being closely linked to three shooting victims in the past eight months.
Her ex-boyfriend, Edmund Mosely was gunned down in the doorway of a 13th Street apartment in the early hours of July 19, 2011. According to Mosely’s then girlfriend Katrina Hicks, Mosely had been in a heated argument with Jackson shortly before the shooting. The shooting is still under investigation and no one has been charged in the incident.
The second of the three shootings where Jackson has been involved occurred on Jan. 15, 2012. Jackson, Marquez Carter and Rishad Reed were sitting in Jackson’s Chevrolet Malibu at 1320 2nd Avenue North when Carter was shot once in the back of the head. Jackson told CPD investigators that the three were “playing with a handgun” and she “didn’t know it was loaded.” Jackson, who was sitting the driver’s seat, claimed she pulled the trigger and shot Carter while he was sitting in the passenger seat. Jackson was charged with murder but the shooting remains under investigation. Within a month of her arrest, Jackson was released on bond.
According to witnesses, the incident at the Columbus Fairgrounds Sunday morning started when Kalmesha Jackson and some of her friends and relatives were going to a party inside the David M. Lavender Coliseum. They were met by Porter and Devon Thompson, cousins of Marquez Carter and reportedly known friends of Sherman Smith. The Thompsons reportedly got into an argument with Jackson and her friends over the fact that they didn’t want her coming into the party. A scuffle started and multiple shots were fired. No one on scene was able to identify who fired the shots. When officers responded to the fairgrounds, Sherman Smith was the only person arrested.
When questioned by The Packet if the caliber of bullet removed from Wilson’s leg matched the .380 recovered from Smith, Chief McQueen said the information is “not available at this time.” When asked if Smith was a suspect in the shooting, the chief responded “Not at this time.We’re looking at possibly two separate incidents but I really don’t know.” Referring to Wilson, McQueen said “We’ll know more when he gets out of the hospital.”
Both German and Sherman Smith have a lengthy history with law enforcement with the two having been arrested for various charges over the years.
According to an article in Packet 871, German served time in jail for his role in a strong armed robbery of a convenient store owner on 4th Street S. in Aug. 2007. He pled guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison and five years of post-release supervision.
In addition to the robbery charge, German was arrested in November 2007 for disorderly conduct.
Sherman Smith was expelled from Columbus High School in Jan. 2006 after school officials found a disassembled pistol in his car in the school parking lot. In Oct. 2007 Smith was arrested and charged with shoplifting, greater than 250 dollars. He was also arrested in July 2010 on a simple assault charge.
The most noteworthy incident involving the twins, however, occurred in March 2010. According to Packet 871 “Joanne Smith and Kashuna Butler aka “First Lady and Shunnie” hosted a “Match Madness” party in the David M. Lavender Coliseum at the Columbus Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 18, 2010. German and Smith attended the party along with then-21 year-old Marquez Kentrel Carter. According to sources, Carter and the Smith twins used to “run together” and it was not uncommon for the three to be seen together.
Before the party on Saturday, a shooting occurred at the Grey Goose night club on Friday where a 17-year-old was shot in the left forearm. Carter was believed to be the main suspect in the shooting and police were actively looking for him. Officers received a tip that Carter was at the party and responded to The Fairgrounds to search for him.
The party was winding down when officers approached a green and black station wagon with lime green and chrome spinners and gull-wing doors. The windows were heavily tinted but officers shone their flashlights inside and noticed a male crouching in the backseat of the car. Officers opened the doors and discovered Carter lying on the floorboard. Carter was arrested and taken into custody. Due to the flashy nature of the station wagon the car and its’ owners were well known. The vehicle was registered to Charlene Gardner, the mother of German and Sherman Smith.
The twins denied officers permission to search the vehicle but when officers contacted Gardner, she drove up to the fairgrounds and gave the officers permission to search the vehicle. Police found a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, bullets and a bullet-proof vest in the back seat of the car, inches from where Carter had been laying. The twins denied having any knowledge of the gun, ammunition or vest. When questioned by The Packet back in March 2010, Mayor Smith said that he had spoken with Gardner on her way to the fairgrounds and told her he thought the police should be allowed to search the vehicle. An investigation by the CPD proved inconclusive as to where the vest actually came from. The twins were never charged in the incident.
Sherman Smith was arrested on scene Saturday night and booked at Lowndes County Adult Detention Center 2:06 a.m. on Sunday morning. His bond was set at $1,496.00 and Smith was reportedly bonded out by bail bondsman Dawson Johnson.
Possession of a concealed weapon can carry a charge of up to six months in jail for the first and second offence with the third offense carrying up to a maximum of five years in prison.
Smith’s court date is set for March 14.