Crime

Police investigating two shootings in Hancock County

Waveland police gather near the scene of a shooting Thursday.
Waveland police gather near the scene of a shooting Thursday. wmuller@sunherald.com

Police are investigating shootings reported just before 4 p.m. Thursday in Bay St. Louis and Waveland, officials said.

Bay St. Louis Police Chief Darren Freeman said there was a report of a shooting about 3:45 p.m. near Washington Street and Old Spanish Trail.

Waveland Police Chief Dave Allen said officers responded to a report of a shooting at 3:57 p.m. near Kiln-Waveland Cutoff Road and Avenue B.

Waveland Assistant Chief Mike Prendergast said information obtained from witnesses suggests the incidents are connected.

After shots were fired in Bay St. Louis, it appears a car chase ensued, with the shooters pursuing their intended victim into Waveland, where they again fired shots, Prendergast said.

Prendergast said passers-by on Kiln-Waveland Cutoff Road told officers they saw a man walking with what appeared to be a gunshot wound in his leg.

“But he’s nowhere to be found,” Prendergast said.

Police have sent dogs to into the woods along nearby Camellia Street to search for anyone involved.

The two police departments are working together on the investigation.

The Sun Herald will update as more information is available.

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