MOUNT PLEASANT, Miss. — Halloween is known for its surprises and that certainly was the case for residents in Mount Pleasant Sunday afternoon. A man died after getting shot in the parking lot of a Dollar General store in Marshall County.
The shooting happened around 2 p.m in Mount Pleasant, Mississippi.
Surveillance footage was pivotal in the investigation as it showed detectives everything that happened leading up to the shooting.
A customer was carjacked and shot multiple times in the chest.
Witnesses say the suspect drove the vehicle less than a mile down the road, jumped out the car, and ran into the woods where he was eventually caught by deputies.
The victim was airlifted to a Memphis area hospital in critical condition and later died Sunday night.
Sheriff Kenny Dickerson described the shooting as sad, saying “This particular area is no different from Memphis or any other place that you might be this day and time. It can happen anytime any day anywhere to anybody. Period, that’s the bottom line.”
Sheriff Dickerson said investigators believe the shooting was a random incident.
“We have no reason to believe that this was other than a routine shopping trip to the store at this time. Just a random incident that really could have happened to anybody,” he said.
While the identity of the gunman has not been released at this time, many in the community say its a man known to hang out at the store. They say he’s a known criminal and Cody Devore had a recent encounter with him.
“He’s was in my buddies driveway and at night trying to look for something to steal. They run him off in the same situation. It was just a matter of time for the guy did something,” Devore said.
As Halloween comes to end, Devore is just grateful that the suspect in custody after this unexpected tragedy.
“It’s a shame that an innocent man had to go through a tragedy like this in order for him to get put away but it is a tragedy and it’s a blessing that’s he’s off the streets,” he said.
The suspect is expected to be charged with attempted first degree murder and could face other charges, pending an investigation.