D'Iberville Community Hit By Another Drive-By - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

09/13/03

D'Iberville Community Hit By Another Drive-By

A teenager is recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest Saturday evening. He was injured in a drive-by shooting just after midnight in D'Iberville. Authorities say he is expected to fully recover from his wounds, but some people who live in the neighborhood are questioning their safety.

Two youngsters stroll down Meadow Drive in D'Iberville's Forest Cove subdivision--just hours earlier, a 17-year-old boy was gunned down on this street during a drive-by. The shooting is suspected to be gang-related.

Neighborhood resident Richard Caldwell said, "every night I see somebody pulled over on this street. There's plenty of sheriffs around here. I don't really know what can be done to stop random acts of crime. There's really no solution to it."

David Wilcox also lives in Forest Cove subdivison. News of Saturday's shooting did not surprise him.

He said, "It's not the first shooting I've heard of down there. It's probably one of three or four. It seems at least once or twice a year there's a shooting down there in Forest Cove."

This year alone, there have been three drive-by shootings in the area. There was a gang-related drive-by in the subdivision in May. No one was injured in that shooting, but in April, two 16-year-old boys lost their lives in a drive by at the Taco Bell across the street from Forest Cove. Two men are in jail in connection with that shooting.

Until something is done to stop these drive-by's, people like David Wilcox will return to their homes hoping they won't fall victim to one of these random acts of violence. 

If you have any information, call the Harrison County Sheriff's Department at 865-7060.

Toni Miles

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