SALLIS, MS (WLBT) – A small Attala County town is questioning whether a weekend chase and fatal shooting should be investigated as a Hate Crime. Sheriff’s department officials met with residents are asking for justice in the murder of Cedric Sharkey. More than 125 people crowded into New St. James Church of Christ to find out more about Saturday’s investigation in Sallis where 24 year old Cedric Sharkey was found shot in the woods following a chase on Attala Road 4106. "They had no business, no business, none chasing behind somebody taking the law into your own hands," said one woman sitting in the audience. Attala County’s Sheriff William Lee and Investigator Zeile Shaw answered questions from those in attendance. Law officers said 52 year old Frankie Barber and 42 year old Barry Ware of Sallis are charged with the fatal shooting. One weapon is being processed by the State Crime Lab. The two told investigators Sharkey fired at them first, but no other weapon has been found. "It is revealed up to this point in time we do not believe he had a weapon," said Investigator Shaw when asked if Sharkey had a gun. Residents voiced concerns about witnesses seeing four people in the truck chasing the shooting victim while only two were charged. Relatives said Barber accused Sharkey of stealing iron from his property then later chased his car causing it to crash. "Frankie his son, his son-in-law and his daughter they pulled up. The son jumped out and said ‘Yall been the ones taking our stuff."
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