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Waveland neighborhood on edge day after fatal shooting

A shooting in a Waveland neighborhood took the life of 42-year-old Jason Duffy Sunday morning. (Photo source: WLOX) A shooting in a Waveland neighborhood took the life of 42-year-old Jason Duffy Sunday morning. (Photo source: WLOX)
The incident left neighbors feeling a sense of unease. (Photo source: WLOX) The incident left neighbors feeling a sense of unease. (Photo source: WLOX)
WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) -

A Waveland neighborhood was on edge Monday morning knowing that a suspected murderer is on the loose. A shooting in the neighborhood early Sunday morning took the life of 42-year-old Jason Duffy.

Many surrounding residents were still in a state of shock. The only thing out of the ordinary on the quiet street was a house surrounded by crime scene tape and the memories left behind of the day before. 

"Crazy, man. Crazy world, man," said William Harris, who lives close to Dicks Street where the crime took place.

The incident left neighbors feeling a sense of unease.

"Be on the lookout for everything because there's so much going on now," said neighbor Fay Johnson.

"You don't know who to trust,” neighbor Jerry Womack said.

Dean Verdin lives a little closer to the scene of the crime.

"It is kind of shocking that it was only three or four houses down," said Verdin.

With a suspect still at large, these neighbors can't rule out the possibility that something else could happen.

As for Verdin, that thought wouldn't stop him from going about his day as usual. He said he believes the crime was intentionally targeted at Duffy and that the suspect didn't randomly select Duffy's house.

"I feel like if it was random, it wouldn't be in the middle of the street. It would be an end house so you could get in and get out and no one really see you," said Verdin.

Verdin's girlfriend is not so sure.

"I was like, what if it was random?" said Morgan Head, Verdin's girlfriend.

Head has been living with Verdin on the street for about a year. Head said with the recent gun violence around the world, she didn't want to take any chances.

"I had let my little brother stay the night, and he left the door unlocked and I was like, we can't do that. That's scary. It's crazy what the world's coming to now," said Head.

Head couldn't help but think of what could happen next.

"It's crazy just to know that it happened so close. It's pretty scary, actually," said Head.

This case remains under investigation. If you have any information on this case you're asked to contact Waveland police at 228-255-9191. 

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