Crime

Names released in gun store shooting that killed father, son

A trio of crosses sit outside the boarded-up front door of McLemore Gun Shop in the Henleyfield community north of Picayune on Sunday Jan. 24, 2016. The owner of the store and his son were shot to death there by another father and son on Saturday Jan. 23, 2106.
A trio of crosses sit outside the boarded-up front door of McLemore Gun Shop in the Henleyfield community north of Picayune on Sunday Jan. 24, 2016. The owner of the store and his son were shot to death there by another father and son on Saturday Jan. 23, 2106. SUN HERALD

PEARL RIVER COUNTY -- Authorities have released the names of all four people involved in a shooting at a Pearl River County gun store that left two dead and two injured.

Jason A. McLemore, 44, the owner of McLemore Gun Shop, and his son, Jacob Edward McLemore, 17, were killed in the shooting, said Pearl River County Deputy Coroner Albert H. Lee. Both died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Audy McCool, 52, and his son Michael McCool, 29, both sustained life-threatening injuries. As of Sunday morning, Michael McCool was stable in the intensive care unit. There was no update on Audy McCool's condition, said Pearl River County Chief Deputy Shane Tucker.

The shooting occurred around 3 p.m. at the gun store on Mississippi 43, Tucker said.

Jason McLemore's wife was working at the shop when the McCools entered to pick up a firearm that had been repaired. There was some sort of argument about a $25 fee, Tucker said.

The woman called her husband, who arrived with their son, Tucker said. An argument ensued and the shooting began.

No further details were available Sunday and Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison did not return calls.

Around Pearl River County and on social media, those who knew the McLemores described Jason McLemore as a kind and fair person to whom many brought their firearms for repairs. Jacob McLemore was talented at working with metal and leather, several said.

Outside the store, which had its front entrance boarded up with blood visible outside, several crosses and condolence cards had been left.

The case remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.

"It's still under investigation. There will be lots of work to sift through the evidence collected and statements and see where that steers the investigation," Tucker said. "That will be done in the following weeks and months."

Wesley Muller and Justin Mitchell, Sun Herald reporters, contributed to this report.

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