MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point police said they believe an argument over social media triggered the shooting at the H2O Fusion car wash Sunday night.
Moss Point High School graduate and Army soldier Darnell Bolton, 24, ended up shot and killed during a nasty brawl involving several people at the car wash. While police are still gathering leads in the case, Bolton's friends and family said they are shocked and saddened.
"He was always a peacemaker. He wanted everyone to do right," said Lelia Mitchell
Tears flowed as Mitchell talked about her friend, Bolton. She considered him a brother. His death has hit her hard.
"He was the best person ever. He never did nothing to nobody," Mitchell said.
Loved ones say Bolton had a promising future after graduating from Moss Point High in 2011. He joined the Army and most recently was working and living in Beaumont, TX.
"He was a good dude, I ain't going to lie. He was a good dude. He was a great father, great husband to his wife," said Bolton's former classmate Jeremy Causey.
Friends said Bolton traveled to Moss Point over the holiday weekend to support a classmate who lost his mother in a violent attack. Now, he is another victim of violence, gunned down at this car wash during a violent feud.
"We got numerous tips that we are following up on. One, there was a fight, and the fight was caused by a beef on Facebook," said Investigator Stacey Deans.
Investigators are trying to determine how many people were involved, but Deans said at least three guns were used in the shooting.
"The biggest thing we recovered was shell casings. There were three different denominations of shell casings. There was a 9 mm, there were .40 caliber and there were .45 shells," said Deans.
Like the police, Bolton's friends and family are searching for answers. They say gun violence is tearing apart their community and must be stopped.
"It has to. We are all family. We shouldn't be doing this. We shouldn't have this at all," said Mitchell.
"We can't depend on one person or a certain community, but we have to come together as a community and believe God for change," said Ashelia McCorvey.