Suspect arrested in connection to Diamondhead shooting

DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) - A Kiln man is charged in a weekend shooting in Diamondhead that authorities say resulted from an ongoing dispute.

Joseph Ward, 25, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly shooting Ryan Young, 24, of Pass Christian. It happened at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday at the Diamondhead Resort, located just off of I-10.

Young is in stable, but guarded condition at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport.

Diamondhead Resort Managing Partner Roger Jones said Young came into the lounge, located in the hotel, early Sunday morning. Ward came in shortly after. A security guard said he overheard Ward saying he was going to beat up Young, so he told both men to leave. The security guard then called the Hancock County Sheriff's Department.

While the two men were in the parking lot, Jones said his staff told him Ward got a gun and shot the victim. Jones said neither man was a regular in the lounge.

Deputies charged Ward with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Ward was taken to the Marion County Jail and his bond was set at $30,000.

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