Shooter fires into crowd near Waveland barber school
WAVELAND -- The alleged Barber College shooter was arrested Wednesday in Las Vegas, completing arrests of a small group of people Waveland police say were responsible for a recent uptick in violent crime.
Leif Eric "Sipp" Dasco, a 28-year-old aspiring hip-hop artist, was arrested in a traffic stop, Waveland Police Chief David Allen said Thursday.
"He was part of a group trying to be gangsters, involved in drugs and bravado," Allen said.
Dasco had been sought since Jan. 11, when police say he used an assault rifle to fire about a dozen shots into the Barber College, wounding one man, shattering the school's windows and damaging parked vehicles.
Municipal Judge P.J. Mauffray had signed arrest warrants on charges of shooting into an occupied dwelling and aggravated assault and ordered Dasco held with no bond.
Arrangements to extradite him are pending.
"We are very happy to have him in custody," Allen said. "Since he left town and others in the group were arrested, we haven't had any major trouble."
Dasco was arrested on a fugitive warrant and faces new charges in Las Vegas. He also was arrested on charges of no registration in a vehicle, suspended license, failure to obey a red light and unlawful acts of financial responsibility, the Clark County, Nev., jail docket shows.
Dasco also was the target in a drive-by shooting in Waveland that led to other arrests, Allen said in February when he announced a roundup targeting Dasco and five others on charges including armed robbery and kidnapping.
In the Barber College shooting, a man was shot in the back and leg.
About eight people were in the Barber College on U.S. 90 west of Mississippi 603 when a man identified as Dasco drove up and began a fight with a person in the building, Allen said.
"He (Dasco) showed up there to confront somebody who was getting his hair cut," Allen said. "He showed up to fight the person. The fight wasn't going well for him. He walked back to his car, grabbed a weapon and started shooting into the building."
Owner Constance St. Julian-Mims told the Sun Herald people from the college tried twice to break up the fight. But when Dasco realized he was losing, she said, he got a weapon from his vehicle and opened fire.
Dasco's feud with some of the men later arrested in Waveland sparked several shootings after the Barber College incident, Allen said.
Allen said it could be a couple of weeks before Dasco is brought to Waveland.
Wesley Muller, Sun Herald staff writer, contributed to this report.