Crime

1 jailed on $5 million bond in Gulfport triple shooting

An arrest has been made in an April 6 shooting that killed one person and wounded two.

Gulfport police Sgt. Damon McDaniel said Robert Hart, 23, was arrested Friday on two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of armed robbery and one count of murder.

Hart's bond was set at $5 million by Judge Louise Ladner.

McDaniel said police are still seeking J'Var Vontou Pope, who is also wanted on charges of murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault in the case. Hart was the second person of interest identified, McDaniel said. Hart was in custody of the state Department of Corrections on a burglary charge before he was brought to Harrison County.

Mitchell Weathersby, 54, was the man killed.

He was one of three shot about 8:20 p.m. April 6 in the area of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Louisiana Avenue in Gulfport.

Eugene Weathersby and Jerry Lee Lewis were also shot, McDaniel said.

Lewis and Mitchell Weathersby were found in the area of the shooting. They were taken to area hospitals.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said Mitchell Weathersby died at Garden Park Hospital about 9:15 that night.

Eugene Weathersby tried to drive away from the scene of the attack but crashed into a utility pole, McDaniel said. He was found with a gunshot to the upper torso and he was taken to an area hospital.

"Eugene, Mitchell and Lewis were congregating near a building in the 15100 block of MLK and they were approached by a suspect with a handgun who demanded money," McDaniel said. "The suspect or suspects then shot them and left on foot."

He said police determined Pope shot and robbed the men. He is presumed armed and considered dangerous, police said.

Anyone with any information on Pope is asked to call Gulfport police at 868-59559.

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