Man arrested after woman was shot several times in West Gulfport, cops say

Police have arrested a 37-year-old man they say tried to kill a woman on the porch of a west Gulfport home in a shooting on 20th Street.

Police arrested Johnny Anthony Carter, of Gulfport on Tuesday after officers found a 54-year-old woman suffering from gunshot wounds in the 4200 block of 20th Street, Police Sgt. Clayton Fulks said.

The woman remained hospitalized in critical condition on Wednesday, Fulks said.

Carter, who suffered burns to his face as a child, is accused of attempted murder. He was 8 years old when a gas can in a station wagon caught fire in 1988.

Police had received complaints of shots fired in the neighborhood about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The neighborhood is two blocks south of the Naval Construction Battalion Center.

Officers found a wounded woman and learned she and Carter know each other, Fulks said.

Investigators determined the two had been arguing when Carter retrieved a handgun and shot the woman, striking her once in the head and once in the body, Fulks said.

Carter was near the area, and police reportedly found a handgun at the home.

Police have declined to say how many shots were fired. People who live in the area have told the Sun Herald they heard five shots.

Police arrested Carter on Tuesday evening. He was booked at the Harrison County jail about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Carter was being held on a $250,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Louise (Diane) Ladner.

This investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to call the Gulfport Police Department at 228-say 868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at or by telephone at 1-877-787-5898.

Gulfport Police had arrested Carter in 2007 after he was accused of shooting a different acquaintance. a previous Sun Herald report shows. The victim in that case was shot in his shoulder and buttocks.

Carter has been in and out of the county jail on charges including public drunk, DUI, and contempt of court.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews