1st appearance set for Shelby shooting suspect - Hattiesburg American

A Perry County man charged in connection with possible shots fired outside Camp Shelby will make his first appearance Friday morning at Perry County Justice Court. Officials said Alfred Baria Sr. , 61, would make his first appearance around 9 or 9:30 a. m. Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith said troopers from Mississippi Highway Patrol’s District J, with assistance from Perry County Sheriff ’s Department,... Baria’s maroon Isuzu pickup matched the one described in the reports of shots fired in the vicinity of soldiers training at Camp Shelby on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Baria was charged with four misdemeanor counts of disturbing the peace and two felony charges for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Baria’s son said concerns that his father shot at the soldiers are baseless, saying his father’s truck frequently backfires. Alfred Baria Sr. said his truck often backfires, and he could even make the truck backfire when he wished. About 11:35 a. m. Tuesday, two soldiers training on Peret Tower Road, which is not on the premises of Camp Shelby, reported that they thought shots had been fired in their direction. It is still not clear if there was any actual gunfire or if the soldiers at Camp Shelby were in any way targets, officials said. Source: www.hattiesburgamerican.com