Multiple shots fired at Tunica County business

Multiple shots fired at Tunica County business
Stephon Henderson (Source: Tunica County Sheriff's Office)
Stephon Henderson (Source: Tunica County Sheriff's Office)

(WMC-TV) - Action News 5 is learning new details about what sparked a manhunt for a shooting suspect in north Mississippi late Monday night.

The Tunica County Sheriff's Office says a suspect walked up to a corner store, pulled out an assault rifle, and started shooting.

Somehow, no one was hit, but the incident sparked a multiple agency search that spanned across North Mississippi

At the front door, through the walls, even inside a freezer, bullet holes are everywhere at The Front Porch in Tunica County.

"How many bullet holes? I would say about 20 of them or more," said store owner Linda Vaughn.

Authorities believe Stephon Henderson, 26, pulled up and started firing rounds into the building.

Vaughn believes it could be retaliation from a previous incident with one of her nephews.

"When he was shooting, he was talking to them saying 'I told you I'd be back,'" Vaughn said.

Armed with an assault rifle, investigators say Henderson took off as deputies arrived on scene.

The suspect led authorities on a chase and a manhunt that spanned several hours in two counties.

"This was an individual who had just shot into a business and due to the high risk that he was to the general public, it was imperative that we kept the pursuit going and that he be captured," said Captain Cedric Davis with the Tunica County Sheriff's Office.

After Henderson ditched his getaway car, he took off into the woods.

DeSoto and Tunica County teamed up to comb the heavily wooded area.

After a tip from an Action News 5 photojournalist, the suspect was caught before sunrise.

Vaughn worries what could have happened if he had not been apprehended.

"Anybody could have got killed," she said.

Vaughn is glad no one was hurt, and said if the shooter had a problem with a family member, he should not have placed innocent people at risk.

"Everybody that he was shooting at didn't have anything to do with it, and the person that he was mad at was not even here," Vaughn said.

Tunica Deputies are working with other agencies to determine if the shooting was retaliation.

The department thanks DeSoto County for their help in the search.

At last check, Henderson had not been charged but could face felony evasion, and shooting into an occupied business.

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