A shooting at a Biloxi, Mississippi motel left three people dead earlier Wednesday, including the owner and another employee.
Following a standoff with the police in nearby Gulfport, the suspected gunman has died as well.
According to Gulfport Police, the suspect held a hostage inside the Canal Grocery convenience store. After negotiations failed, police fired tear gas canisters into the building. When they entered the premises, the suspect was already dead.
Officers haven’t revealed the suspect’s identity or how he died.
As WLOX reports:
The shooting in Biloxi happened around 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Broadway Inn on Walmart Lane near Hwy 90. Police tell us three people were killed at the hotel. A witness at the hotel described a chaotic scene with people fleeing the area. He heard the shots ring out and said he tried to help two of the victims, who he identified as the hotel owner and an employee. The third victim was a guest at the hotel.
WLOX News spoke with the daughter of the hotel owner who said the violence started with an argument about money that escalated.
Police believe the gunman left the hotel and then assaulted another victim in Gulfport near Rio Grande Street before police caught up with him on 28th Street. As for the gunman’s other victim, a public works staffer contracted by the City of Gulfport was shot and is being treated at the hospital.