Police believe fight from 4 years ago led to Wiggins double shooting

Police believe fight from 4 years ago led to Wiggins double shooting
Police say 23-year old Samuel Miller is charged in a double shooting on Vine Street Wednesday night. This is the second shooting in Wiggins this summer. (Photo source: Wiggins Police Dept.)
Police say 23-year old Samuel Miller is charged in a double shooting on Vine Street Wednesday night. This is the second shooting in Wiggins this summer. (Photo source: Wiggins Police Dept.)

WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) - Gunfire once again rocked the city of Wiggins. Police say 23-year old Samuel Miller is charged in a double shooting on Vine Street Wednesday night. This is the second shooting in Wiggins this summer. This time, police were able to make a quick arrest.

Vine Street is a peaceful place where neighbors look out for each other. But shortly after 10:30 Wednesday night, gun shots rang out in front of a home on Vine.

"It's very rare we answer calls out in this area. It's usually a pretty quiet neighborhood," said Roger Freeman with the Wiggins Police Department.

When police arrived, they found Corey McLaughlin shot in the stomach, arm, and thigh. He was treated and released from Forrest General Hospital.
Another man, James Bryan, suffered minor injuries. Police believe an argument between the suspect and victims that started four years ago led to the shooting.

"This got drugged back up and late yesterday afternoon, the text messages started flying back and forth, making threats to each other and it got to a point where the victims walked up to the suspect's residence where they had a confrontation in the middle of the road," said Freeman.

Wiggins police say they didn't have to go far to find the man accused of pulling the trigger. That's because, they say, the person who made the 911 call was the suspect himself, Samuel Miller.

"It don't surprise me. He's usually a pretty quiet kid. He's pretty young, never been in trouble before, and I think it's just a matter of some wrong decisions were made very quickly," said Freeman.

This makes the second double shooting in the small city in two months. Back in June, two men were shot on South McGregor Street. Police say this type of violence is very unusual.

"A lot of years we go without any shootings at all, and then all of a sudden we're having two back to back," said Freeman. "A lot of times we got people coming to the city of Wiggins and doing this type of activity, but we don't mind going back. We will track them down."
   
Police say they expect to make an arrest in the June shooting within a month or so. Meanwhile, the suspect in the Vine Street case faces two counts of aggravated assault. Samuel Miller remains in the Stone County Jail. His bond has not been set yet.

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