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Two shootings in 8 hours. Man shot on Holly Circle is not talking, police say.

Gulfport shooting may be tied to earlier crime

A woman gives a vague description about a shooting and possible kidnapping that took place at a house on 26th Street in Gulfport.
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A woman gives a vague description about a shooting and possible kidnapping that took place at a house on 26th Street in Gulfport.

A 25-year-old man who was shot in the leg in North Gulfport is not cooperating with investigators as they try to figure out who shot him, police said.

Police learned the man was shot on Holly Circle after Garden Park Medical Center called to report a gunshot victim about 9:11 p.m. Monday, Gulfport Police Sgt. Clayton Fulks said.

It was the city’s second shooting with injuries in less than eight hours. The other victim also was shot in the leg and police have named a suspect. Police say neither victim had life-threatening wounds.

“There is no reason to believe the two shootings are connected,” Fulks said.

There’s also no known motive for the shooting in the 100 block of Holly Street. The neighborhood, known as Forest Heights, is near Maple Street and the Forest Heights Campus of the Boys and Girls Club.

Who did it and why it happened is unclear.

“The victim was uncooperative. He gave conflicting information and didn’t give a full statement,” Fulks said.

“It’s hard to investigate a crime when victims change their stories several times.”

Police recovered evidence of gunfire at the scene, he said.

Monday’s other shooting, in the 500 block of 26th Street, involved an ongoing dispute between two men who know each other, Fulks said.

Police responded to a shooting in the neighborhood just east of Hewes Avenue about 1:30 p.m.

Officers found a 41-year-old man wounded by a gunshot reportedly fired by an acquaintance identified as Marvin Ray McMillian, Fulks said.

McMillian, also 41, is suspected of shooting the victim in the yard of a home. He is wanted on a charge of aggravated assault.

After the shooting, neighbors said they could hear the victim pleading with more than one person as they kicked him before he was shot.

One woman, describing herself as a friend of the family, came out of the house and spoke with the Sun Herald. She said the man who shot the victim had kidnapped her boyfriend at gunpoint.

No one has reported a kidnapping to police, Fulks said.

“The people who were there at the time of the shooting were standing out in the yard.”

Anyone who knows of McMillian’s whereabouts or with information about either shooting is asked to call the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers online at mscoastcrimestoppers.com or call 1-877-787-5898.

SunHerald Digital Editor Kate Magandy contributed to this report.

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