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Missouri businesswoman and recent New York transplant shot to death on same day in Mississippi


JACKSON, Mississippi — A Missouri businesswoman and a woman who had recently moved to Mississippi from New York were killed in what police called a shooting spree around Mississippi's capital.

Suzanne Hogan, 58, was shot in the head outside a Jackson convenience store Thursday evening, multiple news media outlets reported, citing a statement from Jackson police. A police spokeswoman did not return a telephone call from The Associated Press late Friday.

Kristy Mitchell, 49, of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, was shot in the abdomen a short time later as she walked from a Ridgeland hotel to a nearby restaurant, according to the reports. She was in the Jackson area for a Job Corps conference, and the parking lot where she was shot is just inside the city limits of Ridgeland, a smaller suburb of Jackson.

"Nobody can ever bring Aunt Kristy back," her niece, Shelly Berry, told WAPT-TV (http://bit.ly/1lzT2kj ). "The world has lost an amazing individual. We want everybody to remember her and her love and not think of the violence that ended her life."

Jackson police said in a statement Friday that they don't believe there is any connection between the two victims, according to the reports. The slayings occurred several miles apart, and investigators said they appeared to be part of a shooting spree. Police say someone also shot at a city bus, another vehicle and into a home in Jackson.

Jail records show that Zehulum Lael James, 22, of Jackson was charged with one count of murder in Hogan's slaying, and is being held at the Hinds County jail. Jail records don't indicate if James has an attorney. The killing of Mitchell remains under investigation.

Hogan was filling up at a gas station before driving home after work Thursday when she was shot. She had moved to Madison County nine months ago for her job as an Entergy financial manager, her father, Art Hogan, told The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/1jceLgq ).

"She liked it," Art Hogan said. "She was happy here."

Her death was the result of her being in the "wrong place" at the "wrong time," Hogan said.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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