A midday shooting in a neighborhood in Pascagoula sent two people to the hospital, neighbors running and police chasing a blue Nissan into Moss Point.
Police ended the chase when it got “too dangerous,” said Pascagoula Police Chief Kenny Johnson. But police are still looking for the stolen blue 2009 Nissan Maxima with a specialty Alabama license plate 6862AH7. The suspect remained at large Sunday night.
Officers responded to gunfire near the area of Heidenheim Street and Ingalls Avenue around 11 a.m. By the time officers arrived, one of the victims had left the scene in a personal vehicle while the second remained and was taken to a hospital by ambulance, said Pascagoula Police Capt. Shannon Massey.
In the emergency room of Singing River Hospital, the victims told police their wounds had nothing to do with what happened at Heidenheim Street.
“We believe otherwise,” said Pascagoula Police Chief Kenny Johnson on Sunday afternoon. “We have our whole detective division out trying to find out what went on.”
“We’re trying to sort through it now,” he said.
Despite earlier reports, Johnson confirmed the incident was not an officer-involved shooting.
The midday shooting also drew the attention of neighbors in the area.
Ellen May lives along Ingalls Avenue, in a house behind the one on Heidenheim Street, where it is believed the original confrontation took place.
She was in the swimming pool with her 5-year-old granddaughter when she heard popping sounds she thought were fireworks, until shards of her 6-foot privacy fence flew into the pool. She said she realized it was gunfire, grabbed her granddaughter and headed for the house.
“She grabbed the grandbaby and went into the house and called police,” said her husband, Jesse May.
At that moment, a man she said had blood on the right side of his face came through her backyard gate.
“He said, ‘I’ve been robbed and I’m shot,’” she said. And then he scrambled over the fence and ran out onto Ingalls Avenue.
It’s just not something the neighborhood is used to, she said.
She said she was shaken up, but her little granddaughter kept a cool head and was very observant.
When May gave a description of the man as wearing jeans, her granddaughter corrected her and said, “Gigi, his pants were brown.”
Tom Faucet, who lives on Miller Street, said he was watching television and heard a popping sound, like “boom, boom, boom,” he said.
He thought it was late Fourth of July fireworks.
But when he walked outside, he saw a man holding his back and walking up Miller Street. An ambulance came, Faucet said, and police later told him the man had been shot.
When the shooting was reported, police were also given a description of a vehicle believed to be involved that was leaving the scene, Johnson said. Pascagoula police found a matching vehicle and chased it to Moss Point.
But officers had to terminate the chase because it was becoming too dangerous, Johnson said.
Officials are asking anyone who may have information, no matter how little, to call police at 228-762-2211.