Gunman kills 6 in shooting in US Mississippi

TEHRAN, Feb. 18 (MNA) – A gunman killed 6, including his ex-wife, in a shooting spree in rural Mississippi town, local US officials said on Saturday.

Aone gunman killed six people in a rural Mississippi town on Friday, including his ex-wife, in a "series of shootings," officials said, according to the local US media.

A suspect is in custody, according to the Tate County Sheriff's Office, and was identified as 52-year-old Richard Dale Crum of Arkabulta, Mississippi. The sheriff's office said in a statement Crum was charged with first degree murder and being held without bail at the Tate County Jail.

The spree began at about 11 a.m. Friday when Crum opened fire outside a convenience store, killing a man who was sitting in a pickup truck parked outside, Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance said.

As deputies were working the crime scene, a 911 call came in about another shooting in a home a few miles away, Lance said. There, deputies found Crum's ex-wife fatally shot, and her current husband injured.

Deputies arrested Crum near his home, where outside they also found two slain workmen — one in the road and another inside an SUV. In another nearby house, Crum's stepfather and the sister of the stepfather were found killed by gunshots.

Lance said Crum had a shotgun and two handguns.

"Everybody has crime, and from time to time we have violent crime, but certainly nothing of this magnitude," Lance told the Associated Press. "Without being able to say what triggered this, that’s the scary part."

Lance said after Crum killed the first victim, 59-year-old Eugene Boyce, he chased Boyce's brother through a wooded area before the brother escaped unharmed.


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