BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi Police are now looking for two men they believe have information about an Alabama man who died Sunday from a gunshot to the head. It's the latest twist in a murder mystery that started as an accident investigation.
Donald Morris, 59, of Brewton, Alabama was driving a white Ford Expedition south on Main Street when he ran off the road and crashed Sunday night.
Tire marks show where he ran off the road and hit a fence. Police said his SUV went airborne and rolled over twice before landing right side up. But Morris did not die from the accident. An autopsy 13 hours later revealed Morris actually died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Police are now on the lookout for Brian Wiggins and Demetrius Sparkman, who they believe may have information that could help solve this crime.
"You always pursue things with the worst case scenario and work your way backwards," Biloxi Police Captain Jim Adamo said. "So we didn't know what we had last night. We are still looking into all the things that could have happened."
A man who saw the car flipping over said he ran to it and could hear Morris faintly saying, "Help me, please, somebody help me." Police arrived and got Morris out of the car. He was taken to Biloxi Regional Medical Center, but died less than an hour after the crash.
As police worked the accident scene Sunday night, they were called to a shooting two blocks away. One man was shot; luckily he survived and is already out of the hospital.
"We did a lot of interviews out there," Adamo said. "We are trying to figure out exactly what happened, trying to put the timeline together to figure out who was associated with who and who exactly witnessed what."
Neighbors said they heard several gun shots go off in a row. One woman said she then saw a bunch of people running.
Police are trying to identify two suspects right now, a dark skinned black man in his 30's with dread locks and a goatee and a light skinned small black man in his 20s with a low haircut and a little facial hair. Police say the men were both seen in a Ford Excursion with black trim.
At this point, police do not believe the two shootings are related.
If you have any information on either of these crimes, you're asked to call the Biloxi Police Department at (228) 435-6112 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-787-5898. As always, you can choose to remain anonymous.