Crime

Coroner IDs man fatally shot in Gulfport neighborhood

Stephen Redmond was arrested April 4 on a charge of murder.
Stephen Redmond was arrested April 4 on a charge of murder.

A shooting in Hidden Oaks subdivision that claimed a man’s life may have occurred an hour or two before the shooting was reported, a police spokesman said.

Police have arrested Stephen Redmond, 34, on a first-degree murder charge in Tuesday’s killing.

Robert Walters, 48, of Gulfport, was shot in the chest, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said Wednesday.

The shooting was reported Tuesday at 5:20 p.m. in the 13000 block of Skye Court, Gulfport police Sgt. Joshua Bromen said. Investigators believe Walters was shot an hour or two earlier, he said.

Police said they found Walters in the home. He died at a hospital just before 9 p.m.

Walters had been staying in a rental home whose owner lives out of state, Bromen said, and he and Redmond were acquaintances. What they reportedly argued over wasn’t clear.

No details have been released on who reported Walters had been shot.

Found in neighborhood

Police canvassed the tree-lined neighborhood Tuesday night for the shooter. Some officers were at Skye Court and Lawton Lane when they saw Redmond about 11 p.m. and took him into custody, Bromen said.

Redmond was booked into the Harrison County jail early Wednesday morning, and Municipal Court Judge Fant Walker set bond at $1 million.

This is Redmond’s fourth time in the jail since March 2016, when he was arrested on a warrant from Bullock County, Ohio, on a child neglect charge. He’s also been in the jail for failing to appear in court on a paraphernalia charge and a contempt charge.

He was jailed again on the child neglect warrant in July 2016. He also was fined in Harrison County for having no driver’s license, no proof of insurance and wearing no seat belt.

D’Iberville police arrested him March 26. He was jailed and fined for having drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Not random

The homicide is Gulfport’s second this year. The first was two weeks ago just north of Hidden Oaks in the Crown Hill subdivision. TyJuan Johnson, 17, died of gunshot wounds March 20. Both neighborhoods are off Three Rivers Road.

The shooting Tuesday night set nearby residents’ nerves on edge, Bromen said, but “this was not a random shooting and it in no way reflects on Hidden Oaks.

“This shooting was a situational thing, brought on by an argument. (Residents) were especially concerned because of the recent shooting in Crown Hill. But it had nothing to do with the other shooting.”

Four nonviolent crimes have been reported in Hidden Oaks in the past 30 days, according to the police department’s online crime-mapping program. Two involved thefts from vehicles, and police have a person of interest in those crimes, Bromen said.

Sun Herald staff writer Jeff Clark and social media editor Justin Mitchell contributed to this report.

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