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Biloxi police investigating early morning shooting

Police say the scene unfolded around 4 a.m. Thursday outside apartments on Rodenberg Ave. (Photo source: WLOX) Police say the scene unfolded around 4 a.m. Thursday outside apartments on Rodenberg Ave. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Shots rang out at an apartment complex just north of the railroad tracks on Rodenberg Avenue in Biloxi Thursday morning.

Three people were sent to the hospital as many others were left wondering what happened.

"It happened in like a blink of an eye," said Geroid Richburg, who was shot straight through his thigh. "I had grabbed my cousin, yoked him down, pulled him down with me....I thought I was dying, sir," said Geroid.

According to Geroid, he and his girlfriend were minding their own business when a man rounded the corner of the apartment complex and opened fire. The same complex where his aunt and niece also live.

"I was scared that my daughter got hit, but my babysitter shielded her and she got hit in the leg," said Geroid's aunt, Sadie.

Sadie believes it's a miracle that her daughter wasn't hurt. She credits her babysitter, who happens to also be Geroid's girlfriend, with saving her daugther's life.

Geroid's grandmother, Bertha, was overwhelmed with emotion as the scene set in.

"This is real. This is real life," Bertha said through tears while hugging Geroid. "I'd do anything in the world for you. I ain't got nothing, but I'll give you what I got. I love you. I'm tired of running on the street like this. I'm 64 years old, I'm getting old. I'm not going to be here long, and I'm trying to take care of y'all the best I can."

The distraught grandmother wanted to make sure her grandson understood how the shooting could have ended more tragically than it did.

"You could have been dead, son. Could have been dead," said Bertha. 

Geroid took his grandmother's words to heart. "It ain't worth it, man. None of this ain't worth it," said Geroid.

As of Thursday afternoon, no one was in custody in connection with the case. Anyone with information regarding the incident, is asked contact the Biloxi Police Department at 228-392-0641, or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898. 

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