A shooting at the intersection of South College and Church streets in Covington has majorly injured a mother and daughter. Photo by Echo Day

Two women are in critical condition after being shot in downtown Covington Friday night.

Police said just before 9:30 p.m., three vehicles stopped at the stop sign at South College and Church streets, next to the First United Methodist Church. The first vehicle turned on Church and the third vehicle, a white coupe, swerved next to the second vehicle and opened fire.

Approximately 40 rounds were fired from an assault rifle into the vehicle occupied by Darnisha Wynn McLeod and her boyfriend’s mother, Anita Wilson. Darnisha’s son, dynamic junior linebacker A.C. Mason, and another teenager were in the first vehicle.


Across the street from the shooting was the police department’s investigative unit.

Shots could be heard as far south as the football field, five blocks south, where some students, staff, and community members were still leaving the football game.

A photo taken by a CHS student shows the scene at the corner of South College and Church Street half an hour after the Covington-Ripley football game.

Police said the white coupe traveled north on College Street, passed city hall, turned on South Munford and circled back down South College to drive back by the scene.

The women were airlifted to the Regional One Medical Center in Memphis where they remain in critical condition. They are both suffering from major internal injuries.

The motive for the shooting is not yet known. Police do not believe it is related to the football game, it just took place as people were leaving.

Police are still searching for those responsible. They said the white coupe may be a Mercedes Benz and had a dark glass roof. Anyone with information is asked to contact CPD Lt. Rodney McCurry at 901-573-1586 or Captain Jack Howell at 901-484-2735.

Echo Day
Author: Echo Day

Echo Day is an award-winning journalist, photographer and designer. She is currently The Leader's managing editor.