Six dead as gunman goes on rampage in small Mississippi town

A gunman went on a rampage in a small Mississippi town on Friday, killing his ex-wife and five other people in three locations before sheriff's deputies arrested him, the county sheriff and witnesses said

The bloodshed occurred in Arkabutla, a rural hamlet of fewer than 300 people in Tate County in northern Mississippi, about 60 km south of Memphis, Tennessee

The gunman, identified as Richard Dale Crum, 51, was charged with first-degree murder, Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance told reporters

President Joe Biden condemned the shooting and urged Congress to enact gun control including background checks, an assault weapons ban and requiring the safe storage of guns

"Jill and I are mourning for the six killed in today's violence in Tate County, Mississippi - as we have for far too many Americans," Biden said in a statement, referring to his wife

Investigators had yet to ascertain a motive, but Lance said they would start by examining the suspect's relationship with his ex-wife

Authorities first received a call about a shooting at a gas station convenience store, and before deputies arrived they received another call about a second shooting at a nearby home, Lance said

One man was shot dead at the store

A woman, later determined to be Crum's ex-wife, was found dead at the home, Lance said

Deputies tracked down the suspect in the driveway of another home and arrested him without a struggle, Lance said

That turned out to be Crum's home, and deputies found four more bodies: two were behind the home and two in the roadway, Lance said

The suspect may have had a family connection with the victims behind the house

The others appeared to have been workers on a job at the site, Lance said

"We don't have a lot of violent crime here

This is shocking," Lance said

Deputies recovered a shotgun and two handguns from the suspect, Lance said

One man who witnessed some of the events at the store said he pulled out his pistol and considered firing at the suspect, who was armed with a shotgun, but held his fire

Instead, witness Ethan Cash told Reuters, he tended to a man shot inside his car outside the store and found he had no pulse and was unresponsive

Cash, 18, said he then drew his pistol on another man, who turned out to be the victim's brother

"He said, 'Man, they just shot my brother,'" Cash said

"And I'm like, 'Man, I'm so sorry

'" Cash said he spotted the suspect and considered opening fire

"I was going to start shooting at the guy as he was pulling off but I didn't know who exactly it was and I didn't want to hurt anybody, so I kind of let the officers do that

It's their job, anyways," Cash said

Cash predicted the shootings would leave a deep impact on the town

"It's definitely confusing when it happens," Cash said, "especially when you hear six, seven people are murdered and no one knows why


Date:19-Feb-2023 Reference:View Original Link