Police have obtained an arrest warrant for the man they say fatally shot Trevues Martin hours before Martin’s 21st birthday.
Deandre Dashawn Antonio Ball, 19, is sought in the fatal shooting Tuesday night on Monterey Drive, Gulfport police Sgt. Damon McDaniel said.
Police released Ball’s name Thursday.
Patrol officers had responded to a report of a shooting about 9:45 p.m.
Martin was sitting in the front seat of a car in the Villa Del Ray neighborhood when he was shot in the head.
Relatives told the Sun Herald the car was in the driveway of his grandmother’s home.
McDaniel said what led to the shooting is unclear and the investigation continues.
Biloxi police had arrested Ball on a charge of possession of stolen firearm on Aug. 17, 2015, when he was 18, the Harrison County jail docket shows. A grand jury found insufficient evidence to indict him.
Martin was the second person shot to death in Gulfport within about 24 hours while sitting in a car.
Phillip Dwayne Kennedy, 37, was shot to death about 9:30 p.m. Monday at Roberts Avenue and 25th Street.
Police Chief Leonard Papania the next day announced Kennedy’s shooting was a matter of self-defense, a justifiable homicide. The shooting involved a dispute over $20 of cocaine or crack cocaine and an argument that began in North Gulfport earlier that night, he said. Kennedy, who also was armed, was acting in a threatening manner, causing the man who shot him to fear for his life, the chief said.
It’s also the second time this year two fatal shootings have occurred within a day’s time.
Chavis Allen, 38, was shot June 7 in his front yard on Dogwood Court in North Gulfport. He died the next morning of a gunshot wound to the chest.
On June 8, Stanton Saunders, 21, was shot in the chest, also in North Gulfport. Police have said he was running from Kentucky Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard when he collapsed on 34th Avenue at Ganges Street.
Martin’s killing brings the city’s number of homicides this year to 10. Nine slayings will be prosecuted.
Gulfport has already surpassed its number of homicides in 2015. Last year, seven were reported as criminal deaths.