On Thursday, August 17, 2017, at approx. 11:48 PM, Jackson Police Officers responded to the area of Fortification St. near I-55 regarding a shooting.
During the initial investigation officers learned that a white female, later identified as Chelsie Lynn Kirschten-23, had been shot while in the driver seat of a white Pontiac G6. She suffered a single gunshot wound to the upper back and was pronounced deceased on scene.
During the course of the investigation, it was learned that the victim and a front seat passenger were stationary at the intersection of Fortification St. near State St. waiting for the traffic signal to change, when an unidentified black man approached the vehicle from the driver side armed with a silver handgun.
The suspect, wearing dark colored clothing, fired a single gunshot
through the front driver side window of the vehicle striking the victim and then he fled on foot. The vehicle continued to travel eastbound on Fortification St. and came to a final rest near the interstate.
The motive for the shooting has not been determined at this time. This is the 37th homicide investigation for 2017.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Jackson Police Department at 601-960-1234 or 601-355-TIPS (8477).