Pascagoula shooting frightened neighbors, put schools on lockdown

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Pascagoula Police are still searching for a man who fired shots at another person Wednesday morning near Eden Street, an area close to Colmer Middle School, Jackson Elementary and Cherokee Elementary. The schools were put on lockdown for about 30 minutes, and quickly returned to normal after they were given the 'all clear.'  

"I was about to bring my kids outside to ride their bikes and I heard about a thousand sirens sound like they were coming directly toward my house," said Tiffany Porter, who lives on Eden Street.

Police said a man reportedly got out of a car, began shooting at another man, then drove away. Porter said a lot questions and concerns were running through her mind during that time.

"Is someone running around? Can I take my kids outside? Do I need to stay inside? What is going on?"

The gunfire also forced three nearby schools to go on lockdown.

"As soon as they called me, I immediately got on the intercom and told teachers we were in an emergency situation, that we would be on lockdown," Principal Myrick Nicks said. "We had to secure the classrooms and make sure there were no students out in the hallway."

Parent Yolanda Curry was visiting the school when the lockdown order came.

"I originally thought that it was a drill. But when the principal had to pull out the key to get into the office, to put me in the office, they explained, 'No, this is real deal,'" said Curry.

The lockdown lasted for 30 minutes.

"Once it was over, you wouldn't have known by the way the kids handled themselves that they just came off of a lockdown. Everyone was calm, no screaming or shouting, none of that," said Curry.

This parent and principal were relieved everyone inside was safe.

"You are always glad no one is hurt in a situation like this, and it is always unnerving to know something happened this close to your school. But again, we were prepared," Myrick said.

Outside the school, Tiffany Porter said she was still shaken and a bit afraid.

"I refuse to bring my kids outside when there is some kind of threat going on."

School officials said all the parents were notified about the shooting through email, text or phone calls. If you have any information that can help this case, please call the Pascagoula Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

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