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Reported by Lori Brown

Two dead in Southaven triple shooting

Police in Southaven are searching for suspects they say are responsible for a triple shooting Sunday that left two dead.

Officials were first alerted to the incident when a woman heard a car hit two other vehicles in the parking lot of the Oak Ridge Apartments in Southaven.  When the woman walked down to help, she saw that all three people in the car had been shot.

Inside the car with the driver were two other men also bleeding from gunshot wounds of their own.

One of the men died on the way to the hospital. A second man died several hours later.

Police said a third man tried to run away from the shooters and collapsed in a driveway. He is in stable condition.

"Sitting on my mom's car and heard what sounded like firecrackers three firecrackers going off.  Didn't think anything about it.  Then I got a call and someone told me someone had been shot," bystander Bradley Dukes said.

Kevin Howard, who also lives at the Oak Ridge Apartments, said the triple shooting makes him concerned for the safety of his two-year-old daughter Jasmine.

"My concern is the youth.  So heavily influenced by violence and things of that nature," Howard said.

Bernard Malone said he feels like crime in Southaven is on the rise.

"I think it's starting to pick up. A lot worse than 3-4 years ago," Malone said.

People who live in the Oak Ridge Apartments said it is normally quiet, and this is the first time they have seen a shooting in their neighborhood, let alone a shooting that left two people dead.
"Any large group of apartments you have disturbances, first homicide here since I can't remember when," Police Chief Tom Long said.

Bradley Dukes said he will not soon forget the sound of the shots that left two people dead.
"I thought it was firecrackers but it turned out to be gunshots," Dukes said.

Investigators said it is too soon to know if gang or drug related or strictly a fight

If you have information that could aid Southaven Police, call them at 662-393-0228.

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