Gulfport police: Shootings connected, manhunt underway

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Officers searching for Darcell Anderson, 26, of Gulfport consider him to be "armed and dangerous." An arrest warrant has been issued for Anderson in connection with a fatal shooting in North Gulfport.

Police said that shooting has already led to more violence in the neighborhood.

Residents have heard gunshots two out of five consecutive nights. According to police, the shootings are not isolated incidents.

Officers arrived at the corner of Florida Avenue and Jefferson Street about 2a.m. on Saturday and discovered a man who had died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

Captain Ken Brown said, "Once our officers arrived on scene, they found Iszaya Minter, 20, of Gulfport who had been shot inside a vehicle."

Then Wednesday night, police responded to a shooting on Wisconsin Avenue which is also in North Gulfport. This time the shooting victim survived.

"Through the investigation, it has been determined that the shooting last night and the one on Florida and Jefferson are related," said Captain Brown. "We do believe the one last night was in retaliation because of Iszaya Minter's death."

According to the police, the motive for Minter's murder is unclear but appears to have started with a fight that happened earlier.

Officers warn the public to be cautious of Anderson. "He is considered armed and dangerous. Obviously he committed a very violent act that resulted in the death of Mr. Minter,"said Captain Brown. "We do not suggest that anyone try to confront him. If they see him just simply call 911."

Until Anderson and any other suspects involved are behind bars, police said they'll keep a close eye on North Gulfport streets.

"Obviously for the safety of the citizens of Gulfport is our number one priority," Captain Brown said. "Based on the recent events in the North Gulfport area, we will have additional officers on the streets patrolling or affected areas over the next several days in hopes that we can keep from any more of this violence from occurring again."

WLOX talked to some people in the neighborhood about both shootings. An elderly gentleman said his wife fell and hurt herself as the family ran to escape Wednesday night's gunfire on Wisconsin Avenue.

He said "We hit the ground. Bullets were flying everywhere. I don't know what kind of guns they had but they were emptied."

A teenager who said he witnessed Saturday's murder on Florida Avenue said, "It really shook me. I had never seen someone get killed before.

But another man told us he wasn't concerned because "We live with this all the time. It is what it is."

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