PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) — A gun shop owner and his 17-year-old son died in a shootout over a $25 service charge, and another man and his 29-year-old son are hospitalized, Mississippi authorities said.
Investigators don’t know whether the customers or the owners started the shooting Saturday afternoon at McLemore Gun Shop near Picayune, and want to figure out just what happened before filing any charges, Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison said.
He identified the owner and his son as Jason McLemore, 44, and Jacob McLemore, 17.
Michael McCool, 29, allegedly shot both with a 40-caliber pistol.
He said McCool was in intensive care at University Hospital in New Orleans, and his father, Andy McCool, 52, was at Forrest General Hospital in Mississippi.
Andy McCool apparently was hit in the back, but investigators don’t know how he was injured.
Shane Tucker, chief deputy with the Pearl River County Sheriff, tells The Associated Press that the McCools remain hospitalized Monday. Tucker says deputies haven’t obtained a statement yet from either man. He wouldn’t say if the gun store had a video camera.
He said Jason McLemore’s wife was at the shop, and called her husband in to clear up the dispute related to a gun repair.
“We believe there might have been some pushing and shoving,” Tucker told the Sun Herald.
McLemore’s wife was not injured.