‘Armed and dangerous’ 19-year-old sought in Gulfport shooting

Eric Demond Hamilton
Eric Demond Hamilton

A 19-year-old is sought on an aggravated assault charge from a shooting that wounded a man Tuesday at William Bell Apartments.

Eric Demond Hamilton is 6 feet tall, weighs 165 pounds and has brown hair and eyes, Gulfport Police Sgt. Joshua Bromen said.

Hamilton is considered armed and dangerous, he said.

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

A family member took the wounded man to Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, where his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, Bromen said.

Police learned of a shooting at the complex in the 1700 block of 65th Avenue about 11:17 a.m., he said.

The neighborhood is off 17th Street just east of the Long Beach city limit.

The shooting occurred in a parking lot, Bromen said.

Police at first were unsure where the shooting occurred and thought it may have been a domestic incident. They checked apartments and talked to people in the complex, Bromen said.

One investigator went to the complex, soon joined by others, and another investigator went to the hospital to question the wounded man, he said.

Residents who gathered on the south side of the complex said they didn’t hear anything.

“This is the quiet side,” one woman said. “We can’t hear what’s going on over there on the side by the Seabee base.”,+Gulfport,+MS+39501/@30.3678994,-89.1369771,16z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x889c3ce1a6851611:0x56f724f17ff26149!8m2!3d30.367581!4d-89.134603

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews