Ocean Springs Neighborhood in Shock After Sunday Shooting

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Updated: 3/31/2014 8:08 pm
An Ocean Springs neighborhood is still in shock after shots rang out Sunday morning, leaving two dead. A woman and her boyfriend were shot by her ex-boyfriend, who then turned the gun on himself. Amanda Salas' boyfriend survived his gunshot wound to the shoulder. Salas died at Ocean Springs Hospital three hours after she was shot in her car. Bill Peeler, a neighbor, says, "Pow, pow, pow, just about in that order. She said, ‘That sound like gunshots.’ I said, ‘It is.’" Residents of the Woodhaven Subdivision in Ocean Springs had a rude awakening Sunday morning after a man opened fire outside of a home on Hunter Drive.

Peeler also says, "Then the wife come down here and she seen all these police cars and fire trucks and ambulances going down Hunter.” Police arrived on scene to discover that Patrick Norman shot himself in the driveway with a 9 mm handgun after shooting two people sitting in a car. Captain William Jackson of the Ocean Springs Police Department says, "Female passenger had a gunshot wound to the right side of her head, and the male passenger had a gunshot wound to his left shoulder." That female was Amanda Salas and the male: her boyfriend, Christopher Prevost. He survived, but Salas died at Ocean Springs Hospital just before 2 p.m. She used to date Norman and filed a protective order against him last Friday. Betty Peeler, a neighbor, says, “The lawmakers need to look at the restraining orders and make them tougher so that the enforcement of them is stronger.”

Police say Salas' ex-boyfriend has a long criminal history, including harassing multiple ex-girlfriends in his home state of Alabama and showing up to her new home uninvited. Jackson also says, “Some kind of way, he found out where she lived at, showed up at her house, slashed a couple of tires on her vehicle, and slashed some tires on his vehicle, and also did some damage to a mailbox.” Salas' two teenage daughters were inside the home at the time of the fatal shooting. The incident remains under investigation. Prevost was at Salas' home this morning, his arm in a sling. He was too emotional to comment. Ocean Springs Police say it has been years since they have worked a murder within city lines, but ironically, the last murder was a similar situation: a man killed his wife and daughter before turning the gun on himself.

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