Pearl River County shooting deaths leave community mourning

Pearl River County shooting deaths leave community mourning

PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Sunday morning was a time for mourning for Jeff Stockstill.

His long-time friend, 44-year-old Jason McLemore, and McLemore's 17-year-old son Jacob, were killed Saturday in the small Pearl River County community of Henleyville after a disagreement with two customers over a $25 service charge.

"I'm still in shock about this. Me and my wife; my wife's upset, she's crying. It's really shocking. It's heartbreaking. Because we weren't expecting anything like this. I never would have expected anything like this in this community," said Stockstill, who added his own condolences to the make-shift memorial that had already begun at the gun shop McLemore owned.

Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison says Audy McCool, 52, and his son Michael McCool, 29, went to the shop to retrieve a weapon around 3:15 p.m.

After being told it was not repaired, one of the men reportedly became agitated over paying a service charge even though his gun was not fixed.

The wife of Jason McLemore, who was at the counter when the customers came in, called her husband and son to de-escalate the situation.

Both father and son pairs began to argue, resorting to physical violence and, eventually, gunfire.

Authorities say that Michael McCool, 29, is the alleged shooter, accused of shooting both victims using a 40-caliber pistol.

However, no charges have been brought against anyone at this time.

The McCools were also injured in the shooting.

Sheriff Allison says Audy McCool was taken to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg and was taken into surgery. Michael McCool was reported in stable condition in the intensive care unit at University Hospital in New Orleans as of 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Stockstill has been coming to the store for 20 years.

"I used to come by here every weekend and during the week we as always trading out gun parts," Stockstill said. "We were always working on guns together. These were good people. They were good, hard working people."

Members of the First Baptist Church of Henleyfield are talking about the shooting.

"I don't think it's really brought an alarm to people," said member Jeff Burks. "Just an isolated incident, I guess you could say. It's bad, in any situation. But, you know, we're praying for the family."

The shooting is still under investigation.

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