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Friends, family of parade shooting victims gather at hospital

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX) Memorial Hospital at Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A deadly shooting following the Pass Christian Mardi Gras parade Sunday left two dead and four others injured.

As word began to spread about what happened, family and friends of the shooting victims rushed to Memorial Hospital in Gulfport. Many are trying to understand what led to the violence.

Its just crazy, said Robyn Chancey, Gulfport resident.

Chancey rushed to the hospital when she heard her ex-boyfriend had been shot.

They say he's doing alright, but he's hurt pretty bad. And he's one of the ones that may thank God, said Chancey.

Another Gulfport resident is praying her best friend will be as fortunate.


When it's time to be here for your friend that's what you do, said Daikevia Whitfield, Gulfport resident.

Whitfield says her friend, a college graduate, had nothing to do with the incident and she just happened to be in the line of fire.


An innocent person, an innocent girl, said Whitfield.

The Pass Christian parade is known as one of the rowdiest on the Coast. There have been similar incidents following the parade in past years.

It just has the reputation of being one of the busiest and most dangerous, said Wes Peden, Harrison County resident.

Chancey says she skipped the parade because of possible situations like Sundays shooting 

Don't nobody know how to act in public. Everybody thinks that shooting is the way to solve stuff. I didn't even go because I knew it was going to be something like that, said Chancey.

Whitfield said in times like these, the community needs to support one another.

I think it's time for us to come together as a community because all the shooting, all the killing is senseless. It's getting to the point you can't enjoy Mardi Gras. You can't enjoy the Pass parade. You can't enjoy the festivities with your family due to the senseless violence, said Whitfield.

People continue to travel in and out of the emergency room, checking up on their loved ones. Stick with WLOX for updates on this developing story. 

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