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Suspect who shot up parking lot of Waveland barber college identified

By WESLEY MULLER

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Shooter fires into crowd near Waveland barber school

One man was wounded Jan. 21 after a man fired about 14 rounds into a crowd outside a barber shop on U.S. 90 in Waveland.
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One man was wounded Jan. 21 after a man fired about 14 rounds into a crowd outside a barber shop on U.S. 90 in Waveland.

WAVELAND -- One person was wounded in a shooting at the Barber College on U.S. 90 west of Mississippi 603 about noon Thursday, and police believe they have an ID on the shooter.

Police are looking for Leif Eric Dasco, 31, of Waveland.

Constance St. Julian-Mims, owner of the Barber College, said she was inside working when an altercation began between a man who drove up to the building and a person inside the college.

"It was somebody who drove up and had a beef with somebody here," she said. "The two began fighting in the parking lot."

St. Julian-Mims said people from the college tried twice to break up the fight. But, she said, when the man -- whom police believe is Dasco -- realized he was losing the fight he changed tactics.

"He ran to his car, went to his back seat and pulled out a gun," she said. "And he let out 14 rounds that I know of.

"He had no consideration for life whatsoever."

She said there were eight people in the Barber College at the time of the shooting.

Police Chief David Allen said investigators are gathering information at the crime scene. The victim, who has not been identified, suffered what appeared to be non-life threatening gunshot wounds. St. Julian-Mims said he was shot in the leg and the arm.

"The victim is still alive," Allen said.

Several vehicles in the parking lot were hit by the spray of bullets and the window of St. Julian-Mims' shop was shot out.

Police ask anyone with information on Dasco's whereabouts to call the Waveland Police Department at 255-9191.

Robin Fitzgerald and Justin Mitchell, Sun Herald staff writers, contributed to this report.

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