Moss Point residents react to recent violence

Residents who live on Washington and Martin Luther King Blvd in Moss Point speak out about what they witnessed in Sunday’s fatal robbery.

A Moss Point homeowner shot and killed an armed intruder Sunday evening in the Mill Avenue area. Moss Point police are still looking for the second suspect involved.

Sunday, while watching football, neighbor Bennie McLaughlin heard noises outside. “I thought it was fireworks, like take a bunch of the firecrackers and light them up out there and they just boom, boom, boom.”

Thirty-minutes after what he believed to be fireworks; blue lights filled the streets on his block. He stepped outside and couldn’t believe what he saw. “All I saw was a gentleman laying in the street over there, they hadn’t covered him up.”

As the night grew darker, neighbors walked over to the scene, concerned. “A lot of people came out to see who it was because they were afraid it might have been their child.”

Moss Point Mayor Mario King tells News 25 we have to be more proactive when protecting our children. “At that point in time, it is way too late, your child has already been shot, committed a crime or is dead. So, it bothered me a lot to see that people would come to a crime scene to witness or see if their child was dead or not, when we’re asking them for help prior to that.”

After several fatal shootings involving minors in Moss Point, Mayor Mario King says he’s no longer playing games. The City of Moss Point is now under a local civil emergency.

For the next five days, Moss Point is under a city-wide curfew. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. “This is my neighborhood. I live here. I can’t go nowhere. I’ve gotta be here.”

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