GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A man is in a Louisiana hospital fighting for his life after being shot in the head, and Gulfport police still don't know who is responsible. Kimika Graham works at KFC on Pass Road in Gulfport. She was shocked after learning a man was shot near her job, not long after she clocked out.
"It's scary," said Graham.
Graham is new to Gulfport, but said with the recent crime, she and her fellow employees take precautions when leaving the restaurant each night.
"We be scared at night. But like I say, we all leave out of here at the same time and I don't ever leave my crew people on the premises. I always wait until they leave. So like I say, everybody be having each other's back here," said Graham.
The Handsboro Square shooting makes for almost ten shootings in Gulfport since the beginning of the year.
"That's why I stay inside and don't hardly go anywhere because it's not safe. It's not safe to take your kids to the parades or anything else anymore. So we just stay inside and do family things," said Dinisha Irvin.
One resident who has lived in Gulfport his whole life, describes the crime as disappointing.
"I love Gulfport. I hate to see how it's been around here lately, man, because it's been crazy. It's been like this for a while now and I hate to see it. Man, it breaks my heart," said Dean Wesson.
While police continue to investigate the case, and try to nail down a suspect, community members can only hope people will put down the guns and stop the violence.
"A lot of it is just senseless violence that can probably be talked out. But people and their pride, they can't put their pride to the side. And I think when you get older, you get a lot wiser and you realize some things are not as important as you thought they were," said Irvin.
If you have any information that could help investigators solve this case, please call Gulfport police at 228-868-5959.