MISSISSIPPI – A gunman kill six people including his ex-wife and stepfather on Friday (17/2/2023). The shootings occurred at several locations in a small rural community in northern Mississippi, United States of America (AS), kata sheriff.
Armed with a shotgun and two pistols, 52-year-old Richard Dale Crum opened fire at around 11am. “He killed a man in the driver’s seat of a pickup truck parked outside a convenience store in Arkabutla, near the Tennessee state line, Tate County,” Sheriff Brad Lance said, as quoted by AP.
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Deputies were working at a crime scene when a second 911 call alerted authorities to another shooting several miles away. Upon arriving at a house, they find a woman, whom the sheriff identifies as Crum’s ex-wife, shot dead and her current husband injured.
Lance said deputies caught Crum outside his own home and arrested him. Behind the residence they found two handymen who had been killed by gunfire – one in the street, another in an SUV. Inside a neighbour’s house, they find the bodies of Crum’s stepfather and his stepfather’s sister.
“Everyone has crimes, and from time to time we have violent crimes, but certainly not of this magnitude,” Lance said in an interview. He added: “Without being able to say what sparked this, that’s the scary part”.
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Crum is being jailed without bail on one count of capital murder, and Lance said investigators are working to pursue additional charges. It wasn’t immediately known whether Crum had an attorney able to speak on his behalf.
The initial murder charge was for Chris Eugene Boyce, 59, the man who was shot outside the store. Boyce’s brother was in the truck with him at the time and fled. Lance adds that Crum chased the brothers through a forest area before he escaped unharmed.
Tate County Deputy Coroner Ernie Lentz identified the other dead as Debra Crum, 60; CharlesManuel, 76; John Rorie, 59; George McCain, 78; and Lynda McCain, 78. Lentz also said Boyce is from Lakeland, Florida.
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