Gulfport residents desperate for answers after fatal shooting

Gulfport residents desperate for answers after fatal shooting

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - People in a Gulfport neighborhood are desperate for answers after a shooting rocked the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Louisiana Ave. left one man dead, and two others injured.

The flood of flashing lights and static of police radio on Wednesday night made way for daybreak on the streets of the Gulfport neighborhood. Although neighbors were glad to see the chaotic crime scene gone, they remember how hectic things were.

"It was loud, but I didn't know who got shot," said Celestine Johnson, who remembers hearing three shots, then seeing her neighbor loaded into an ambulance. "It's strange to me the way it happened because he doesn't bother anybody."

On normal day, Johnson and neighbor Mitchell Weathersby would be sitting on the porch; sharing a laugh.

However, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove says Weathersby died from his wound at the hospital less than one hour after shots were fired.

Now, Johnson is left wondering what happened.

"It's hard to explain, but it's terrible. I know that," said Johnson.

Other neighbors say it isn't the first crime like it in the area.

"It's just sad the way things are going on in this neighborhood," said Aldin Walker.

The shooting was close to an intersection that serves as a bus stop on school days. Dominique Hall was at home with her family when the chaos began.

"We heard three gunshots that were pretty close by," noted Hall, who says shooting isn't new for her. 

Hall says that although she regularly hears gunshots in the area, this time, her mother's van was caught in the crossfire as one of the victims was fleeing the scene.

"It was kind of scary to know that it was right there," said Hall. "But overall, I guess I'm kind of used to it." 

According to Hargrove, the other two shooting victims require surgery for their wounds. There is no word at this time on their conditions.

The suspect in the case is still at large. Anyone with information is asked to call Gulfport Police at (228) 868-5959.

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