GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - After an afternoon shooting on Wednesday, Gulfport police are now looking to the public for answers. They're asking the community for information on a suspect wanted for shooting and killing 41-year-old Willie Taylor of Gulfport.
The blood of Taylor was washed off the driveway of a duplex on 23rd Street at Hewes Avenue.
Thomas Baker, who lives a few doors down from the crime scene, says he started off his morning with a walk around the neighborhood and everything seemed normal.
"I don't have any problems. They see me and they wave and I wave back at them. Every time I pass, they're out there and they throw up their hand and wave and I wave back," Baker said.
After Baker's walk, he says he went back in his home. That's when he heard something he described as a car back firing, followed by screams. So he went outside to see what was going on.
"After I kept hearing, that's when I came out. And when I came out then I saw everything, you know, someone had called, you know," Baker said. "The paramedics weren't making any noise or anything and all the cops started coming in."
"The on-scene investigation revealed that an unknown type of dispute took place between a suspect and the victim, resulting in gunshots being fired," said Gulfport Police Sgt. Damon McDaniel.
Baker says he's always felt safe in his neighborhood, and for something this tragic to happen, so close to his front door, he says it's unbelievable.
"We were weren't looking for anything like this to happen. I kind of stay in and I sit out. And when they see me they wave at me, like I said. All the things that happen, it happens between them over there. They don't bother the neighborhood," Baker said.