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Moss Point police chief says he will not tolerate violence

Moss Point police still searching for shooting suspects. (Photo source: WLOX News) Moss Point police still searching for shooting suspects. (Photo source: WLOX News)

Moss Point had a violent weekend, police are investigating four shootings within 24 hours that left three people injured. All the shootings investigators believe are drug related. As of Monday evening two people are behind bars, but there's still a shooter on the loose.

"I'm not going to accept it," Police Chief Art McClung said. "I'm not going to tolerate people shooting in our city and think we are just going to let it go. It's not going to happen."

The first shooting McClung said happened at a car wash on Main Street Saturday evening. One person is charged in the shooting.

"The victim had non-life threatening injuries and has been in surgery which was successful," McClung said.

The second shooting was Sunday afternoon, police were called to a wreck, but when they arrived they learned the driver had actually been shot.

"We don't know exactly where the shooting happened," McClung said. "The victim was shot. He drove to Billy Street and at that time he had an accident."

A suspect charged in the shooting turned himself into police. Sunday evening two more shootings. Police were called back to Billy Street and to West Bayou Avenue. They were about two to three hours apart.

"We believe those are related, but we don't know for sure," McClung said. "There was one person injured. No suspects at this time and what we are trying to do is get the citizens to work with us and to understand that we are not here to harm anybody we just want to find out the truth. I don't want an innocent person getting hit. I mean a bullet doesn't have a name on it. So with these young guys doing all the shootings we need people to understand, hey this has to stop. So we are going to need their help. "

McClung wants the community to know they can rely on the police department.

"I have a team that is brilliant. They work hard. Like I said, we have two suspects out of the four shootings. That's really good," McClung said. "We are working hard for them, but we also need them to trust us and to understand we are not trying to hurt them we are trying to find the truth." 

With help from the community, McClung said his officers can keep innocent victims away from harm.

"We have children playing in the streets. It's summer time we have older people who I talk to all the time that just sit on their porches and I just won't tolerate it. I'm not going to accept it," McClung said.

Going to the neighborhoods where the shootings happened, most residents run from the camera. McClung said his department faces the same struggle. 

Those that did talk on or off camera said they are not surprised by all the violence, they said they know what goes on in the community but they try to stay to themselves.

"I'm always cautious about the things that I go do," Cedric Williams said. "I'm always looking around knowing my whereabouts. You know where I go. I try to go where it's peaceful, not harming.

As police continue trying to talk to residents, McClung has a message for those breaking the law in Moss Point.

"Understand this," McClung warned. "I'm vigilant. I'm steadfast and I persevere and we are not going to move, we are coming after you to bring you to justice period."

If you have any information about the shootings you are asked to call Moss Point Police Department 228-475-1711 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898 and remember you can choose to remain anonymous.

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