Police ID 2 men they say shot man in head in Gulfport parking lot

Craig Sandifer
Craig Sandifer

GULFPORT -- Police have released the names of two men they suspect in Monday's shooting at a Pass Road parking that left a man with a gunshot wound to the head.

Officers are searching for 19-year-old Craig Elliott Sandifer and 20-year-old Kenneth Wayne Brassell Jr. Both men are wanted on a charge of aggravated assault, Sgt. Damon McDaniel said.

Police responded 12:18 a.m. Monday to a call at a parking lot at 1345 East Pass Road, where they found a man had been shot in the head, he said. There are several businesses in the strip mall at that address, including Rouses grocery store and a restaurant.

McDaniel said police later learned the man was approached and shot by the Sandifer and Brassell, who then fled in a vehicle.

The man was airlifted to a New Orleans hospital. His condition is unknown.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Sandifer or Brassell are asked to call Gulfport police at 868-5959 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-58998.