Neighbors breathing sigh of relief after murder suspect arrested

Neighbors breathing sigh of relief after murder suspect arrested

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove has identified the man killed in a Gulfport shooting Tuesday as Robert Walters, 48. Hargrove said Walters was shot in the chest.

After being on edge Tuesday, a Gulfport neighborhood is breathing a sigh of relief after an overnight arrest.

The peaceful Wednesday morning in the Hidden Oaks subdivision brought a welcome contrast to the night before, when law enforcement buzzed around the Skye Court cul-de-sac.

"As the night wore on, it was about six or seven police cars, then an ambulance, then a firetruck, then I was like, ok this is something major," said neighbor, Connie Kittrell.

Residents watched in horror as their usually quiet neighborhood turned into a crime scene. Police found a man shot inside a home just down the street from Tyler Hamel.

"It's a little scary. It's strange. It's not normal for this neighborhood," said Hamel.

Kittrell remembers watching the scene unfold.

"I started thinking about alarm systems and a dog," Kittrell said, "I just kept praying that I didn't see a body bag come out of the house."

Kittrell then saw the victim being taken out on a stretcher. He was then transported to the hospital, where he died from his wound.

Police quickly issued a warrant for the arrest of 34-year-old Stephen Redmond. Around 11 p.m.,, police had Redmond in handcuffs.

Robin Smith says the arrest happened right outside her front door, just down the street from where the crime happened. It was the same area where her children wait every morning for the bus.

"I looked out the window and they had him right here on the ground," Smith said. "They took him to the car and put him in."

Although a sense of unease still hangs over the neighborhood, residents say they're breathing a sigh of relief.

"It makes me feel a little safer. It's scary that they caught him in the area that it happened," said Hamel.

According to police, the shooting was not a random act. Redmond and Walters were "more than acquaintance, less than friends." Officials are not yet saying how the two knew each other, but are confident in saying residents have no reason to be afraid.

Redmond is being held at the Harrison County jail on a $1 million bond, and is charged with murder.

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