Shooting victim dies from injuries

Published 10:38 am Saturday, March 18, 2017

The victim of a shooting last week in the Brittany Estate apartments died Friday night as a result of his injuries, according to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators say the male victim was shot four times in the upper chest and head area on March 9 by Chris Paten, 27, of Oxford after an argument between the men.

The victim was flown to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis after being stabilized at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.

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Chief Investigator Alan Wilburn said the victim seemed to be improving Wednesday but took a turn for the worse on Friday morning and died later that day.

Paten, who was originally charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, now faces a murder charge, Wilburn said.

The victim was identified as Kenya Hill, 31, of Oxford.

Paten, also known as Chris Caine, has not yet been arrested and is considered armed and dangerous.

Paten was out on bail for an arrest in December 2015 on charges of armed robbery and felon in possession of a firearm. He was released on bond in April 2016 and was awaiting trial on those charges.

According to court records, Paten pulled a gun on a man during a dice game.

Crimestoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to Paten’s arrest.

Anyone with information should call LCSD at 662-234-6421 or Crimestoppers at 662-234-8477.