Six people were killed and one more wounded in multiple shootings in Tate County, Mississippi, Friday after a man opened fire on his ex-wife and possibly other family members, the Tate County sheriff, Brad Lance, told CNN.
Authorities received the first 911 call around 11 a.m. m. Miami time, after the suspect pulled into a store parking lot in Arkabutla, a small rural town in northern Mississippi, and opened fire on the car next to him, fatally wounding the driver, Lance pointed out. Another person who was in the vehicle got out without injuries.
The sheriff said the alleged shooter entered the store and then escaped, driving to the home of his ex-wife. According to Lance, the man shot and killed her ex-partner before physically beating her fiancé, who was also at her residence.
Deputies apprehended the driver after finding a vehicle matching the description in front of a residence that authorities determined belonged to the shooter, the sheriff said.
In a small driveway behind the suspect’s home, authorities found two men shot dead. One was found on the road and the other was in a vehicle, Lance added.
Two other victims were found shot to death in a house next door to the suspect’s, Lance said. According to the official, the agents believe that the suspect could be related to the victims, a man and a woman.
Lance said an additional person was injured in the shootings. That person was treated by emergency teams and did not need to be taken to a hospital for further treatment, he explained.
Officers apprehended the suspect as he attempted to leave the scene near his home, Lance said.