Gulfport Police: Two shot, one dead, many bystanders, no witnesses

By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport police say there were plenty of people at a nightclub on Sunday morning when shots rang out. However, officers say they haven't been able to find anyone who will say he or she saw what happened.

Around 3:00 a.m., officers responded to the Boiler Room night club on the 1800 block of 30th Avenue where they found two people shot. Police say a preliminary investigation revealed the shooting happened inside of the club during an altercation.

The male victim was transported to Gulfport Memorial Hospital where he later died.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove identified the victim as 34-year-old Anthony McCord of Gulfport. Hargrove says McCord was shot once to the chest.

The second victim, who police say was an innocent bystander, was wounded in the leg and  transported to Memorial Hospital. Her condition is not known at this time.

Officers say there were a large number of people inside of the club at the time of the shooting, however, there were no witnesses or suspects. There were also a number of security personnel inside of the club, but officers say staff members told them they'd seen nothing.

Chief Alan Weatherford said, "In order to bring the suspects involved in this crime to justice, it is going to take the citizens to come forward."

WLOX News did speak to one person who did not want to be identified. She said she was in the club, and while she had not seen the shooting, she did hear three gunshots.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at (228) 868-5959 or call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-433-TIPS (8477).

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