Parolee sought in latest Moss Point transgender shooting

Charles Lofton
Charles Lofton

Moss Point police are looking for a person of interest in connection with a July 26 attempted murder.

Moss Point Police Chief Art McClung said Moss Point resident Charles Ray Lofton, 35, is wanted for the shooting that happened near Elder Street and Lily Circle.

Lofton is on parole from the Mississippi Department of Corrections for being convicted of two counts of receiving a stolen vehicle and two counts of absconding supervision.

He was wearing an ankle monitor that he removed shortly after the July 26 shooting, McClung said.

Lofton is a black man, about 6 feet tall, 165 pounds and multiple tattoos. McCLung said Lofton is considered armed and dangerous.

McClung said police received a call just after midnight on July 26 that a transgender woman had been shot about eight times. McClung said the preliminary investigation indicates that the reason for the shooting was not because the victim is transgender.

The unnamed victim was taken to a Singing River Hospital where she was placed in ICU.

The victim had been on life support and her condition improved over the weekend, McClung said. The victim was stable as of Saturday.

McClung said investigators planned to interview the victim Tuesday.

The victim is one three known transgender victims of violent crime in South Mississippi in the last two years.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Moss Point Police at 228-245-1711.