Crime

He was shot and killed hours before his 21st birthday

The man’s body, clad in plaid shorts, was still sitting in the driver’s seat of a car hours after the the shooting.

He would have turned 21 years old on Wednesday, relatives said. Instead, he was shot and killed Tuesday night while sitting in a car outside his grandmother’s house. His girlfriend was in the car with him when the shots were fired, relatives said.

Authorities have not yet released the man’s identity. But after several months of relative calm after a series of shootings to start 2016, the 20-year-old was the second person shot and killed in Gulfport in the span of about 24 hours.

Gulfport Police Sgt. Damon McDaniel said officers responded to a home in the 3900 block of Monterey Avenue around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday.

A neighbor who lived on the same street but several blocks away said she heard what sounded like five gunshots.

Like, “boom, boom, boom, boom, boom,” said Brenda Jackson.

No one is in custody in connection with the shooting, McDaniel said.

If the coroner rules the shooting a homicide it will be the 9th in Gulfport this year. It was the second shooting death in Gulfport this week.

Phillip Dwayne Kennedy, 37, was shot and killed around 9:30 p.m. Monday while sitting in a car at 25th Street and Roberts Avenue. Police said the shooting was in self-defense and that no charges would be filed.

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