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Residents tired of feeling unsafe in one Gulfport neighborhood

Residents believe crime in their West Gulfport area is growing. (Photo source: WLOX News) Residents believe crime in their West Gulfport area is growing. (Photo source: WLOX News)

The suspect in the drive-by shooting on Thursday at Brother's Mini-Mart in Gulfport has been arrested charged with drive-by shooting. Twenty-eight-year-old Decarlos Neshunn Holloway now sits in a cell at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center under a $100,000 dollar bond.

The victim in the shooting is now recovering, listed in stable condition. Residents in the west Gulfport area near where the shooting took place are coming forward with fear saying that crime is just another example of what they are calling, “A growing crime problem in the area.”

A walk around this neighborhood in Gulfport seems quiet and peaceful, but Rachel McIntyre's son said it's a place he was followed, jumped and forced to give up the bike he used to get from point A to B. To make matters the worse the assailants got away.
 
"It's hard for me to not get emotional. But my son got jumped and his mini bike got stolen. And my son works his tail off to buy his own stuff and its just ridiculous that he can't even own something without someone wanting to steal from him,” said McIntyre.

Couple that incident with the recent drive-by shooting less than a mile from McIntyre's home and she finds herself constantly looking over her shoulder.

"Criminal activity has picked up. There's been a lot of thefts. Allot of robbery thefts. Murders, shootings, drug activity and it's not getting any better. It's getting worse,” she explained.

She said area residents and her own neighbors have installed security measures on their home. Investing in fences, signs, locks, alarms, even cameras. Some carrying security with them at all times. On her is a 22 caliber handgun its way to protect herself.

"Everywhere I go. If I go to the mailbox, if I got to a store, I'll take it with me,” McIntyre said.

Neighbors said they are downright tired of feeling unsafe.

Billy Sossaman said, "Well we watch out, make sure nothing is stolen or try to anyway, but it's hard to do ya know?"

"I've never been scared before. I mean I've got a gun at my front door, my back door. I don't even watch T.V. in my living room no more. I watch it in my bedroom. When my dogs bark I'm scared to answer my door because I'm scared someone's going to try to come in and I have had someone try to come in on me before,” McIntyre said.

McIntyre said she hopes, neighbors, if they aren't already, start calling police when they suspect suspicious activity in the area.

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