Mississippi mass shooting; A man armed with three guns fatally shot his ex-wife. Five other people during a rampage in a small Mississippi town, police said.
The victims were kill in several locations, including a warehouse. Two houses in Arkabutla, a community of at least 300 people.
Police have charged a 52-year-old local man with first-degree murder and sent him to prison.
The motives of the attack have not yet been determine.
The killer is believe to have act alone, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said.
The rampage began when a gunman entered the gas station around 11 a.m. local time (5:00 p.m. GMT) and shot an unrelated man, Sheriff Brad Lance said.
He then went to a nearby home where he fatally shot his ex-wife. According to AZ24 News, hit but not shot his fiancee.
Investigators say the gunman then drove to a nearby home. Shot a man, possibly his stepfather, as well as an unidentified woman, according to the New York Times.
He then shot two people, one in a car and the other on the street, not far from his home. According to Sheriff Lance, the last two victims appeared to be construction workers at the construction site.
Mississippi mass shooting; Deputies saw a suspect in a car matching the witnesses’ descriptions. Were able to catch up to him near his home after a short car chase.
“There’s not a lot of violent crime here. It’s surprising,” Sheriff Lance said. – I never dreamed that we would face something like this here.
He said the suspect had a shotgun and two rifles.
The incident, 45 miles (72 km) south of Memphis in neighboring Tennessee, closed elementary and middle schools in nearby Coldwater.
Local resident Ethan Cash, 19, told WREG-TV he saw the suspect holding a gun.
Mr Cash said he also check the victim’s breathing in his car. Pull a gun on a nearby wounded man, who was identifiy as the victim’s brother.
Gun violence in America and what the numbers tell us
Friday’s incident was the 73rd mass shooting since the start of the year. According to the non-profit Gun Violence Archive (GVA).
The GVA defines a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more people are injured or killed.