3 dead in Mississippi hotel shooting, police in standoff

A possible suspect in a shooting that left four people dead on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast has been found dead following a standoff with police. Authorities said the gunman apparently fled to Gulfport. Gulfport police Chief Adam Cooper said the suspect was involved in an armed carjacking at Magnolia Street before barricading himself inside a store in the area of ​​Canal Road and 28th Street. WLOX reported that one person was killed during the carjacking. Cooper said negotiators tried to talk to the suspect while he was held up inside the store. Officers wound up deploying tear gas into the building, and after about two hours, police entered the store and found the suspect dead, Cooper said. Further details, including the victims’ names, have not yet been released. Cooper said Gulfport and Biloxi police are working to confirm that the cases are connected.

A possible suspect in a shooting that left four people dead on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast has been found dead following a standoff with police.

News outlets reported the first shooting, which killed three people, happened at about 9 am Wednesday at the Biloxi Broadway Inn. Authorities said the gunman apparently fled to Gulfport.

Gulfport police Chief Adam Cooper said the suspect was involved in an armed carjacking at Magnolia Street before barricading himself inside a store in the area of ​​Canal Road and 28th Street. WLOX reported that one person was killed during the carjacking.

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Cooper said negotiators tried to talk to the suspect while he was held up inside the store. Officers wound up deploying tear gas into the building, and after about two hours, police entered the store and found the suspect dead, Cooper said.

The chief did not release the name of the suspect or say how he died.

Further details, including the victims’ names, have not yet been released. Cooper said Gulfport and Biloxi police are working to confirm that the cases are connected.

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