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Suspect in deadly Harrison Co. shooting now charged with murder

David Ryals (Photo Source: Harrison County Jail Docket) David Ryals (Photo Source: Harrison County Jail Docket)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

We’re learning more about an overnight shooting in Harrison County that left one man dead and another behind bars charged with murder.

According to an affidavit, Blake Anthony Carroll was shot after a fight broke out late Sunday night at a home on Sap Root Rd. in Pass Christian.

Harrison County Sheriff’s deputies responding to the scene found Carroll had been shot in the head. The affidavit says a 12-gauge shotgun was found on the ground nearby. A 9 mm handgun was also found at the scene. Investigators believe the fatal shot was fired from the handgun, according to Sheriff Troy Peterson.

Carroll was airlifted to USA Medical Center in Mobile, AL, where he later died.

David Ryals was originally arrested and charged with aggravated assault. Harrison County prosecutor Herman Cox said that charge has been dropped, and Ryals is now charged with murder.

According to court documents, Carroll’s girlfriend, Alexis Sanders, said the altercation involved herself, Ryals, and two other people. Sanders reportedly told investigators she was fighting with a woman, and shots were fired when the situation escalated. Sanders said she was not sure who fired the gunshots.

The affidavit says Sanders described the suspects and their vehicle to responding deputies, and the suspects were later located by Long Beach police. 

Ryals and two others were taken to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department for questioning. Court documents show Ryals admitted to shooting at Carroll, but he said he did not know Carroll had been hit.

Ryals remains behind bars on a $1 million bond for the murder charge. The other people questioned in the case have not been charged.

According to a Facebook comment by Sanders, Carroll leaves behind three sons; a 2-year-old, and 1-year-old, and a 2-month-old.

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