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Neighbors shocked by fatal Moss Point shooting


By Sylvia Hall – bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Police tape and squad cars surrounded the home of Charles and Rita Ray Sunday in Moss Point. Officials said they arrived at the home on Wimbley Drive just after 11:00 in the morning, and found three people had been shot. 

The victims included both Charles and Rita Ray, who were taken to Singing River Hospital by ambulance, and another man who died of his wounds on the scene.  That man has not been identified.  Police are not releasing any other details at this time.

Neighbor Shanta Armstrong said the man had knocked on her door minutes before to ask for a ride to a bus stop, but her son turned him away.

"My son told him no and he just left," said Armstrong.  "By the time I looked out the window, he was across the street."

Armstrong said she saw him approach another house before he knocked on the Rays' door and then walked behind the home.

"He didn't come from around here so I walked outside to see what was going on, and that's when I heard the gunshots," said Armstrong.  "I was running through the house hollering ‘Dial 911, Dial 911.'  They instructed us that someone was on the way, and they had got multiple calls for 911."

Neighbor Carolyn Wells, a long-time friend of the Rays, came home from church shortly after police arrived.

"I thought that there had been another accident here on the corner," said Wells, pointing to the small intersection beside her home.  "People don't usually stop. They just run the stop sign and that was my first thought.  Until I saw the yellow tape around the Ray's front drive, then I got scared."

Moss Point police officers on the scene did not comment on camera, but the neighbors who spoke to WLOX shed some light on this area.  They said Wimbley Drive is usually quiet, and they never expected to hear of an incident of this magnitude so close to their home.

"Everybody pretty much stays to themselves," said Armstrong.  "We just are on speaking bases.  A lot of people around here just go to work and come home."

Wells said she can't believe the Rays were involved in any way.

"They're wonderful people," said Wells.  "They're kind, loving people.  I can't believe this has happened to them."

Police ask anyone with information related to the incident to call them at (228) 475-1711.

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