Hancock County

Bay St. Louis cops locate man wanted for questioning in shootings

Armon Joseph Crawford
Armon Joseph Crawford

A Gulfport man wanted for questioning in connection to a Bay St. Louis shooting has been located.

Bay St. Louis Police Chief Gary Ponthieux said Friday that 18-year-old Armon Joseph Crawford was located with the help of Gulfport police.

Ponthieux previously said he wanted to talk to Crawford about the shooting in the 500 block of Washington Street. He said no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

One man was critically wounded and another had less serious injuries in one of two shootings Wednesday night, police said.

The shooting with injuries occurred at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Washington Street, and a drive-by shooting was reported on Watts Street, Ponthieux said.

"This investigation is ongoing, and we have not yet determined if the two incidents were related," Ponthieux said.

The shootings occurred about 3 miles apart and within a little more than an hour.

Police learned of the first shooting after they were contacted about a gunshot victim at Ochsner Medical Center about 7:25 p.m., he said.

The man with critical injuries was flown to another hospital. Investigators learned the shooting occurred at the park in the 500 block of Washington.

Police received a complaint about shots fired into a residence about 8:09 p.m. in the 200 block of Watts. No injuries were reported.

A neighbor, Monica Price, told the Sea Coast Echo she was home when the shooting occurred. "I was watching TV and then all of a sudden heard a big boom," Price said. "The next thing I heard was 'boom, boom, boom, boom, boom' and I hit the floor in my bedroom."

Price said she crawled to the front of her home and saw her neighbor's son trying to get in the smoke-filled house. The son kicked in a door to get in, she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Bay St. Louis Police Department at 228-467-9222 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

The Sea Coast Echo first reported that shots were on Washington Street near the park. The park was cordoned off with crime scene tape.

According to the Sea Coast Echo, at least two additional shootings were reported Wednesday night. Ponthieux has not confirmed a third shooting.

Sun Herald reporter Patrick Ochs contributed to this report.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews