Two injured after shooting in Gautier, say police
GAUTIER, Miss. (WLOX) - Gautier Police are investigating after two men were shot Monday morning.
According to a post made by the police department, dispatchers received a 911 call at 8:30 am to a house on Rue De Courmont. When officers arrived, they found two men suffering from gunshot wounds.
Resident Billy Stork said he couldn’t believe what was happening across the street from his home Monday morning.
“You better watch out, you never know what’s going to happen, and what I’m afraid of is stray bullets,” Stork said. “It does alarm me, you know, right here this close.”
“Do we know if they were related? Right now, I don’t know the answer is to that question,” said Sgt. Jame McGhee with Gautier Police. “It is an active investigation so we’re working hard right now to answer all of the questions and the unknown questions at this time.”
People who live in the neighborhood said violence is unusual in this neighborhood.
“I’m not familiar with any calls from this address. I don’t believe it’s an address that we frequent,” McGhee said.
“Me and my wife hardly ever lock our doors,” Stork said. “But we’re going to have to start, I reckon, now.”
Stork has lived on the street for 23 years. He said this gun violence literally hits too close to home, forcing him to now protect his family.
“Because you never know. I’ve got plenty of firearms, plenty of guns in my safe. Don’t leave no guns out, but I might have to get out and have it handy,” he said.
Officers had the area taped off for hours while waiting on a search warrant. Around noon, once they received it, they went inside the home to gather more evidence.
“Still gathering as much information as we can, working this investigation. It is still early on. Once we’re able to get that information and release it to the public, we’ll be able to do that for you,” McGhee said.
As Gautier Police continues its search for answers involving the latest shooting, Stork said he’s keeping his eyes and ears open.
“It seems fishy to me,” he said.
Both men were taken to the University of South Alabama Hospital in Mobile and are in critical condition, meaning police are unable to file charges at this time.
Police did say that this was an isolated domestic dispute that led to gunfire.
“It’s very uncommon to have a call for service in our city with two people shot,” said Capt. David Bever. “When guns come into play, especially in arguments, you might end up making a permanent solution to a temporary problem, and it’s not worth it.”
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