Gulfport neighborhood baffled by shooting

Gulfport neighborhood baffled by shooting

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport neighborhood is hoping for answers after a shooting landed a woman in the hospital. Gulfport police responded to Fournier Avenue Thursday night to find the woman assaulted and injured.

After the victim was taken to the hospital, it was determined that the head wound was from a gunshot. Those who live nearby say this type of crime is happening too often. 
As she stood on her front porch, Magan Baldwin was only a few yards from what she said was a busy crime scene hours before.

"Four houses down, it's really close hitting home," said Baldwin.
The memory of the night before still fresh on Baldwin's mind as well as her neighbors'.

"When I came out here. I seen the police had the whole street blocked off," said neighbor Kami Williams.
Now, the people who live here are getting fed up.

"Folks shooting people," said one neighbor.

"What is the world coming to?" replied Tammy Gills.

After living in the area for years, Gills said she's seen a steady increase in crime. Sometimes she hears fights, sometimes she hears shots fired.

"It's been about a month since I last heard gunshots," said Gills.

It's what several people here say has almost become commonplace in their neighborhood. But this time, they say it's a little different. And the whole situation has them baffled.

"Maybe a shooting, but you know, not for no female. Not for no female," said a panicked Earleane Winters.

"None of it makes sense," agreed another neighbor.

It's confusing for just about everyone on the street. And they all agree, it's time for incidents like this to come to an end.

"I really can't tell you what's going on. All I can tell you is violent crimes in the area and it really needs to be stopped," said neighbor Shena Edwards.

Many say they long for a time when this kind of violence didn't happen as often.

"Ain't used to be this way," said Doug Magee while lounging in a chair by the road just down the street from where the crime happened.

Several say they don't have much confidence in the area for the future.

"I just know it's going to get bad. It's going to get bad now," said Ellie Belle Greene.

The victim of the assault is listed in critical condition. If anyone has any information, they're asked to call the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959, or call Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898. You can also text CSTIP plus your message to 274637(CRIMES).

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