Gulfport police need help to find man they say shot 3, killing 1


Gulfport police are asking for help to find the man they believe shot three men, killing one of them.

J'Var Vontou Pope is wanted on charges of murder, aggravated assault and armed robbery.

He's accused in the shooting of Mitchell Weathersby, Eugene Weathersby and Jerry Lee Lewis the night of April 6 near Martin L. King Jr. Blvd. and Louisiana Avenue. Mitchell Weathersby died. The other two men were hospitalized but have been released.

Officers thought they were just responding to a car crash but upon arrival, they found Eugene Weathersby, the driver of a crashed car, had been shot along with two others.

Police said the three were in the 15100 block of Martin L. King Jr. Boulevard, when they were approached by a man who brandished a handgun and demanded money, then shot them. After the gunshots, Eugene Weathersby drove away in a car and the shooter ran away in an unknown direction, police said.

During a follow-up investigation, Pope was developed as the suspect and warrants were obtained for his arrest.

His name was entered in a national crime database as wanted. He is to be assumed armed and considered dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is urged to contact Gulfport police at 868-5959 or Crime Stoppers at or by telephone at 1-877-787-5898. Or, send CSTIP plus a message to 274637(CRIMES).