Oxford Police: 19-year-old woman killed in accidental shooting

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OXFORD, Miss. — Tonight, there are more questions than answers after a teenager was shot and killed near an Oxford fast food restaurant.

A Mississippi man is being charged after he allegedly shot and killed a young woman in Oxford.

Oxford police say 19-year-old Laquisha Marshall was accidentally shot in the back and killed Wednesday afternoon near Burger King on University Avenue.

She was taken by private vehicle to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi before being airlifted to the Regional Medical Center. She later died from her injuries.

Authorities say Jadarius Harmon pulled the trigger, but his experience with guns is unclear.

"I'm deeply saddened. Loss of young people's life is always a saddening event," Oxford resident Arlen Coyle said.

"Gun accidents happen all too frequently, but that's the course we've taken in this nation I guess. We're going to all be armed to the teeth, and we're going to blow each other away," the resident said.

Fran Fuller says gun training should be a top priority.

"I think people should be allowed to have guns, but they should be taught before they start carrying them around," Fuller said.

She says what happened to the 19-year-old woman breaks her heart.

"A waste. It's a big waste of both of their lives," Fuller said. "I'm just disappointed that we can't do better in our nation, in our town. I'm sorry for all concerned."

The 22-year-old suspect was taken into custody and charged with manslaughter-culpable negligence.

Oxford Police Captain Sessums says the shooting is “an accident.” Harmon was charged because he was using the gun negligently.

It's unclear how the suspect and the victim knew each other.

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