Kiln man in custody after front-end loader strikes cars in a Gulfport Walmart parking lot

Shaun Stroud
Shaun Stroud

Gulfport police have one suspect in custody after several vehicles were struck with a front-end loader Sunday morning.

Shaun Michael Stroud, 32, of Kiln, has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, grand larceny and two counts of felony malicious mischief in connection with the incident.

Sgt. Clayton Fulks confirmed the suspect obtained a loader and began striking several vehicles in the Walmart parking lot on U.S. 49.

An investigation showed that Stroud broke into Gulf Recycling on Creosote Road and took a 2008 John Deere front-end loader and drove down Creosote to Walmart.

In the store parking lot, he struck a 53-foot utility trailer, an occupied Dodge Durango and an occupied Dodge Charger, an unoccupied Toyota Land Cruiser, an unoccupied Dodge Grand Caravan and another 53-foot utility trailer before running into the Walmart lawn and garden center's fence gate.

Fulks said officers attempted to apprehend the suspect, but he fled to the parking lot of the nearby Nissan dealership on U.S. 49, where officers disabled the front-end loader with spike strips.

The suspect then attempted to flee on foot but was caught by police.

Two people who were in the occupied vehicles at Walmart were taken Memorial Hospital at Gulfport for treatment for minor injuries, according to Gulfport Police.

Fulks said officers do not believe this was a "targeted attack."

Stroud was taken to the Harrison County jail under $550,000 bond set by Judge Melvin Ray.

Police are still trying to determine the reason for Stroud's actions. It did not appear to investigators that Stroud was targeting any specific vehicle or business, according to Gulfport Police.

Other charges are pending damage estimates.