Mother, daughter fed up with Moss Point crime

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX)-  A Moss Point mother and daughter say the violence has to stop. The city just experienced its most violent weekend of the year. Two shootings Saturday left one person dead. Two others were seriously injured.

"There were two shootings within 48 hours, and it's really ridiculous," Eleynn Barnes said.

Barnes and her 11-year-old daughter, Iman, say crime is now starting to spill over into family hangout spots. On Saturday, they say, violence broke out at Edward Khayat Park.

"I bring my kids out here to play, and to bring violence out here to the park is really ridiculous," Barnes said.

"It's dangerous to hear about grown people shooting," Iman Taylor said.

Police Chief Sheila Smallman said the shooting that happened near the park involved former Moss Point school teacher Yolanda Bradley. She said Bradley has been charged with aggravated assault against Christopher Bilbo.

"The victim actually got shot on Fairwood Drive, which is quarter mile from the park, and he ran over here," said Smallman. "It was kind of scary at first knowing that the victim did come in this area."

Smallman said the first shooting appeared to be a domestic altercation. The second shooting is still under investigation. Barnes said she hopes police will work to make her community safer.

"I would like to see them patrol more. We need to have more of a neighborhood watch."

Chief Smallman agrees that the crime has to stop.

"We are in the process of hiring even more officers. The more officers we have, the more ground we can cover. We have zero tolerance," Smallman said.

Chief Smallman said it's time for citizens to start working with the police department to combat violence in the city. If that doesn't happen, she predicts the crime problem will only get worse.

"If we don't do anything, and the community doesn't step up and get involved, then these crimes will continue to grow and overpower our community. That is not what we want."

Police are still looking for those involved in the second shooting that left one man dead.  If you have any information on the case, call the Moss Point Tips line at (228) 474-8477.

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