PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) – A 19-year-old Pascagoula man faces a charge of Capital Murder for the shooting death of business owner Johnny Bullock. Police said they arrested 19-year-old Rodney Phillip McKenzie Tuesday afternoon.
Folks in Pascagoula who work and live around Johnny Bullock's Kennel Shop are shocked the friendly guy they've known as "the dog man" is dead.
"It is weird because I just saw him yesterday," Shelby Sheppard said.
"He was harmless to anyone. He just wanted to raise his puppies and make some money," Eric Schneider said.
James Muldoon said he lived with and helped Bullock take care of his dogs for two years. Hours before Bullock was killed, Muldoon said he told him it was too late to leave the house, but the elderly man wouldn't listen.
"The last time I seen the guy it was two o'clock. He said he was going to go somewhere to have coffee or something and never came back," Muldoon said.
Bullock was later found dead a street over on Martin Road. The 67-year-old man was slumped over in his van, which had crashed into a pole. Police said they believe Rodney Phillip McKenzie robbed and shot Bullock.
"Johnny was in the wrong neighborhood at the wrong time," Muldoon said.
Police said they don't believe McKenzie acted alone, and they expect to make additional arrests soon. That is comforting news to Bullock's family and friends.
"It is just really sad that somebody would do something like that to that man because he was harmless to anybody," Eric Schneider said.
"It was just a random senseless killing," Muldoon said.
WLOX has learned that Bullock is Pascagoula School's Superintendent Wayne Roldfich's father-in-law.
Rodney Phillip McKenzie is being held at the Pascagoula Police Department without bond.