Mississippi governor: Pray for victims of shooting rampage

BROOKHAVEN, Mississippi — Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant asks state residents to pray for the victims of a shooting rampage that left 8 dead Sunday, including a sheriff’s deputy.

Bryant notes the “sacrifice” made by law enforcement officers to protect and serve their communities.

“Every day, the men and women who wear the badge make some measure of sacrifice to protect and serve their communities. Too often, we lose one of our finest. I thank the law enforcement agencies involved for their hard work,” he says in a statement.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain says the shootings occurred at three separate homes Saturday night in rural Lincoln County. Two of the homes are in Brookhaven and one is in Bogue Chitto. The area is about 68 miles (109 kilometers) south of Jackson, the capital.

Strain says charges have not yet been filed against the suspect in the shootings, and that it would be “premature” to discuss a motive.

— AP

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