Gulfport, MS – Four people were murdered and the gunman is dead after a four-hour standoff with law enforcement on Wednesday in Gulfport.
Police said the incident began at about 9 a.m. on April 27 when three people were fatally shot at the Broadway Inn Express located on Walmart Lane near Highway 90 in Biloxi, WLOX reported.
The daughter of a motel employee told WLOX that there was an argument about money that escalated and became violent.
Police said 32-year-old Jeremy Alesunder Reynolds fatally shot the motel’s owner, 51-year-old Mohammad Moeini.
Reynolds also shot 61-year-old Laura Lehman and 55-year-old Chad Green who both lived and worked at the motel, WLOX reported.
Witnesses described a chaotic scene with terrified people screaming and trying to flee the motel area after gunfire erupted.
Police said Reynolds fled the motel and carjacked 52-year-old William Waltman in Gulfport near Rio Grande Street, WLOX reported.
Waltman, a public works employee contracted by the city, was shot by Reynolds during the carjacking.
He was transported to the hospital and died in surgery.
Police caught up with Reynolds at the Canal Grocery convenience store located near Canal and 28th Streets, WLOX reported.
The suspect barricaded himself inside the store with hostages and a four-hour standoff ensued with law enforcement.
Authorities attempted to negotiate with Reynolds but failed.
SWAT officers ultimately deployed tear gas into the building and found the gunman dead inside, according to WLOX.
Officials have not said how Reynolds died, only that he was found dead by officers.
The coroner will determine his manner of death.
Neighbors were shocked by the incident, WLOX reported.
“We always go to the store down there,” Anesha Price said. “We could’ve been one of the people, you know, held hostage. So, you just got a really be alert at all times because everything, it’s just not safe out here.”
Percy Robinson told WLOX that the whole experience felt surreal.
“You see this on TV. You do this on video games like Grand Theft Auto. This was like something really out of a movie,” Robinson said.