Fatal shooting in Gulfport leaves two dead

Two people are dead following a deadly shooting in Gulfport today.

An investigation is underway into a deadly shooting in Gulfport. Gulfport police responded to the scene near Rippy Road and Jeff Road after receiving calls about a shooting. Gulfport Police Chief Chris Ryle said, “Upon officer’s arrival they found an individual deceased from gunshot wounds. The officers obtained a description of the suspect who was located nearby. Officers made contact with the suspect and gave him directions to disarm and come out the woods at which time the suspect fired one shot. Our officers returned fire. The suspect was subsequently located in the wooded area and was determined to have a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

This investigation is being handled by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, the Harrison County District Attorney’s Office, and the Biloxi Police Department.

Neighbor Dashawn Thompson says he’s shocked and saddened by the deaths. “It’s a tragedy. You hate when something like this happens. You have no control over it. My sympathies and heart go out to everyone involved. The family, friends, loved ones. It was just unexpected circumstances that we weren’t ready for.”

Loved ones were on the scene, mourning their losses. Thompson says it’s those loved ones he wants everyone to remember and pray for going forward. “Regardless of the circumstances that may have happened, both of these individuals, they were both someone’s father and both people. They were both good people in their own ways. Both of them I’m sure had loved ones and friends who are out there so I would just tell people when they run into them, give them that space to deal with it. Let them know you’re concerned. This is a good community and we have to take this tragedy and try to move forward and remember these are people that are involved, instead of just running around spreading rumors, make sure you get facts before you run off and just say what you think happened.”

The names of the deceased have not been released. News 25 will continue to update you on the story as more information is made available.

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