Pearl River Co. residents still in shock over deadly gun shop shootout

Pearl River Co. residents still in shock over deadly gun shop shootout

PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Investigators with the Pearl River County Sheriff's Department say it's going to take time to figure out how a disagreement over a $25 service charge escalated to deadly gunfire. Two people died in Saturday's shoot-out, and two others are still in the hospital. It's violence that has the community talking.

By Monday, only shredded crime scene tape offered a clue to the deadly violence that occurred on the property. The doors to McLemore Gun Shop remained boarded while a near-by memorial continued to grow.

"It's just hard to believe that stuff happens so close to home," Pearl River County Resident Ricky Pearson said.

It's news that rocked this normally sleepy Pearl River County community. In fact, no one we spoke with could recall Henleyfield ever having a shooting death.

"It's a tragedy," said Britt Patterson.

It was the talk over lunch at Fortenberry's Groceries, and the #1 topic of discussion at the community dollar store.

"It was terrible. I can't believe that happened. We live in a really good community. Over $25, that's pretty dog gone bad," explained Belinda Ford.

Sheriff's investigators are still trying to piece together just what happened. The owner's wife will be interviewed more thoroughly, as will her 10-year-old daughter who may have heard what happened from an apartment connected to the gun shop. Sheriff David Allison said the shop had no surveillance cameras.

"It's just a bad deal, you know," resident Britt Patterson said. "You just never know now a days what people will do. I hate it for them. It's a bad deal all the way around. You've got two families now destroyed over it. I guess they'll figure it out and find out what happened sooner or later."

Residents say the owners converted the building into a gun shop about three years ago. Before that, it was a convenience store.

Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to contact the Pearl River County Sheriff's Department at 601-795-2241

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