Hancock County

Police say man sought in Waveland shooting is aspiring rapper 'Sipp'

By WESLEY MULLER

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WESLEY MULLER/SUN HERALD 
 Leif Eric Dasco, 31, who police say sprayed bullets into a crowd outside Waveland's Barber College on Thursday, remained at large Friday afternoon. The gunfire wounded one person and left bullet and window damage in cars and the building.
WESLEY MULLER/SUN HERALD Leif Eric Dasco, 31, who police say sprayed bullets into a crowd outside Waveland's Barber College on Thursday, remained at large Friday afternoon. The gunfire wounded one person and left bullet and window damage in cars and the building.

WAVELAND -- The man who police said sprayed bullets into a crowd outside a barber shop Thursday remained at large Friday afternoon. The gunfire wounded one person.

Waveland police said Leif Eric Dasco, 31, is wanted on felony charges of aggravated assault and shooting into an occupied building.

As investigators work to track Dasco down, Police Chief David Allen said his department will offer no leniency to anyone who helps him escape capture.

"Anyone found harboring or aiding and abetting Leif Dasco will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," the chief said.

Dasco, an amateur hip-hop artist known by the name Sipp, can be seen in a YouTube video titled "Sipp 51/50 Promo Video" rapping, drinking Hennessy cognac and smoking what appears to be a large amount of marijuana.

About noon Thursday, police responded to reports of shots fired outside the Barber College on U.S. 90 west of Mississippi 603 and found a man there shot in the back and leg.

The building and several cars parked outside it had bullet holes, and shell casings from an assault rifle were strewn throughout the parking lot, Allen said.

Constance St. Julian-Mims, owner of the Barber College, said she was inside working when a man, later identified as Dasco, drove up and got into an altercation with one of her clients.

She said people from the college tried twice to break up the fight. But, she said, when Dasco realized he was losing the fight, he got a gun from his vehicle and began firing.

The police chief corroborated St. Julian-Mims' account but said he believed about a dozen rounds were fired. He would not identify the caliber of the shell casings, except to say they were fired from an assault rifle.

The victim, whom police would not identify, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital.

"The victim is still alive," Allen said.

Police ask anyone with information on Dasco's whereabouts to call the Waveland Police Department at 255-9191.

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