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Neighbors are fed up after waking up to a shooting at a Gulfport apartment complex

Gulport police say they found a 20-year-old man shot in his neck and leg in this parking lot Sunday night. The apartment complex is at 2800 30th Street near downtown Gulfport.
Gulport police say they found a 20-year-old man shot in his neck and leg in this parking lot Sunday night. The apartment complex is at 2800 30th Street near downtown Gulfport. rfitzgerald@sunherald.com

Officers on Sunday night found a 20-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds and marijuana scattered in a parking lot outside apartments near downtown, Police Sgt. Clayton Fulks said.

The man was shot in the neck and a leg late Sunday night before someone reported shots were fired on 30th Street near 20th Avenue, Fulks said. The neighborhood is two blocks east of U.S. 49 and two blocks north of 28th Street.

It’s unclear who had the marijuana.

Police responded to the scene at 11:09 p.m., Fulks said.

The victim told detectives a man he didn’t know came up to him and started shooting, Fulks said.

Neighbors told the Sun Herald that the wounded man was found in the parking lot of apartments at 2800 30th Street. Apartment residents either didn’t respond to a knock on their doors Monday or said they didn’t hear anything.

Other neighbors said they heard several gunshots.

Bruce Tyler and Alexis Cooks said they’d just gotten in bed when they heard seven gunshots.

“I heard pop-pop-pop-pop-pop,” Tyler said.

Phillip King and Viola Osby describe being awakened by gunshots near their Gulfport home on 30th Street near 20th Avenue

“People who live around here are more like family, but we don’t know anything about who got shot or who did the shooting,” he said.

Down the street, Viola Osby and her brother Phillip King said gunshots woke them up.

“I heard seven shots and I heard the car just took off, flying down the street,” King said. “I heard hollering and chaos. We don’t need that in the neighborhood. We’ve got families and kids living out here.”

Osby said it’s been peaceful since she’s lived in the neighborhood. It’s a residential area of older homes with azaleas in full bloom in front of several houses on Monday.

“Last night it was lit up all the way down the street,” Osby said of flashing lights from emergency vehicles. “I’ve never seen nothing like this in my life. You never know what’s going to happen. It’s just sad. It’s awful.”

Her daughter, Mary Osby, said she first thought the sound of gunshots was firecrackers.

“I just don’t understand how people can do what they’re trying to do,” Mary Osby said.

The wounded man was treated at a hospital and has been released, Fulks said Monday.

No one is in custody, but police are investigating the shooting as a case of aggravated assault, Fulks said.

To give a tip, call the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or give an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 1-888-787-5898.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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