PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Shots fired, a man dies and two schools are placed on lockdown in the aftermath of a deadly confrontation. It all unfolded Tuesday morning at the Lodge Apartments on Eden Street in Pascagoula.
Capt. Doug Adams confirmed the shooting happened at 8:34 a.m.
“It appears that the victim was shot twice and died there on the scene at the Lodge,” said Capt. Adams.
Joseph Edward Buckley, 25, was taken into custody for questioning. No charges have been filed at this time as police continue to investigate.
“We still have several more people that we’d like to interview, but it appears that it is a domestic situation,” Capt. Adams explained, adding that it may have been done in self-defense.
The motive behind the shooting remains unclear.
Apartment residents stood by, shocked by what they saw. No one wanted to be interviewed on camera but all said the complex is a nice place to live, a feeling backed up by Adams.
“This is highly unusual to have something like that happen there. It’s a very nice quiet neighborhood,” he said.
The name of the victim has not yet been released.
Per protocol, a brief lockdown was put in place at Colmer Middle School, which is next door to the apartments, and at Jackson Elementary School, which is one street over. That lockdown has been lifted, according to Pascagoula-Gautier School District, and all students are secure.
Now the city is left to deal with a violent aftermath that normally doesn’t happen here, according to Adams.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve had a domestic shooting like this," said Capt. Adams. “Most of ours, the shootings we’ve had is mostly dope deals gone bad or something of that nature. So, this is kind of unusual for us in town.”
The evidence is being turned over to the grand jury, who will decide whether any charges will be filed.