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Active shooter in custody after manhunt in Mississippi

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May 05, 2023

The suspected gunman who opened fire at Howard Industries in Laurel, Mississippi, on Friday is in custody, according to the Laurel Police Department. One person was reportedly shot in the attack that led to a brief manhunt.

According to Police Chief Tommy Cox and Stone County Sheriff Mike Farmer, the suspected shooter was apprehended in Stone County.

Forrest and Lamar counties sheriffs issued BOLO alerts on the suspected shooter’s vehicle, which was described as a 1986 gray GMC pickup truck from Stone County, according to WDAM. BOLO means “be on the lookout.”

The incident comes one day after another gunman fatally shot one woman and injured four others in Atlanta. The incident led to a chaotic, eight-hour manhunt that ended with the suspected gunman’s arrest.

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“This was a horrible act of gun violence, but equally horrifying is that we know that this is not unique in our country,” said Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, according to CNN. “We need more actions (for) the rights of our citizens to go about their lives, to be able to go to a doctor’s office, to a supermarket, to a gas station or to their school without the threat of being gunned down.”

Gov. Brian Kemp also addressed the shooting in Midtown Atlanta, writing in a statement that he is heartbroken by the tragedy.

“We are heartbroken by today’s tragedy in Midtown Atlanta and join all Georgians in praying for those impacted and their loved ones. We’re also thanking God for the brave local and state law enforcement who responded forcefully and without hesitation. Thanks to their efforts, the shooter is now in custody and will face justice,” he wrote.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.