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Police searching for 3 men after drive-by shooting in Gulfport

Another fatal shooting has Gulfport residents frustrated

Gulfport residents react to a fatal shooting on Monterey Drive in September 2016. It was the second fatal shooting in the city in two days.
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Gulfport residents react to a fatal shooting on Monterey Drive in September 2016. It was the second fatal shooting in the city in two days.

Police have arrested one suspect and are looking for three others in a drive-by shooting this week in which five homes were struck by gunfire in the 1700 block of 45th Avenue.

Timothy Terrell Wright, 19, of Gulfport is in custody, Gulfport police Sgt. Clayton Fulks said Thursday.

The others sought should be considered armed and dangerous, Fulks said.

He identified them as Laurel residents Traveon Damon Williams, 19, and Jemarcus Sharod Naylor, 21; and Gulfport resident Markell Deshawn Cooley, 21.

Police received calls of shots fired in the neighborhood about 10:30 p.m. July 30.

“We believe they have a dispute with someone who lives in one of the homes, and we believe that was the home targeted, but they shot four other homes,” Fulks said.

No one was injured, he said.

To give a tip, call the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. Or give a tip, which can be anonymous, by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898 or online at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com.

Crimestoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to a felony arrest. Tipsters can remain anonymous, even while collecting a reward.

Wright was jailed late Wednesday night. He was being held at the Harrison County Jail on bonds that total $250,000. Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray set a $50,000 bond on each count involving the five homes.

It’s unclear if the Laurel men are still in Gulfport or the nature of their visit to the city, Fulks said.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews
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