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Pass Christian Parade Shooting Gets National Attention, Chief Hopes to Calm Fears

PASS CHRISTIAN, MISS– The Mardi Gras parade in Pass Christian had just wrapped up when the shots were fired. 

Over 50,000 people were at the parade, with nearly 1,500 people in the area of the shooting that left two men dead and four people hurt.

The shooting has gotten national attention. Pass Christian Police Chief Tim Hendricks says all of the national media calling have asked about one thing, and he wants to clear up the confusion.

“They’ve asked if I thought it was a terror attack, or if it was racially motivated,” says Hendricks at a press conference, “that’s just not true.”

Hendricks added that the shooting had nothing to do with the parade.

With the sheer volume of people in the area, Hendricks says they’ve gotten lots of phone calls and messages from people dropping names or clues. Some have just been hearsay, but Hendricks says they may have caught a break with an impounded car.

“We’re obtaining the search warrant to check the car,” Hendricks says that he’s not sure at the time the role the car may have played in the shooting.

Because so many people were in the area, Hendricks urges that if you know anything, or may have caught someone or something on camera, please call the Pass Christian police department.

The two victim’s bodies are at the state crime lab, in hopes of revealing more information.


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