March 30, 2023

Law enforcement personnel work at the scene of a shooting, Friday, Feb. 17, 2023, in Arkabutla, Miss. Six people were fatally shot Friday in the small town in rural Mississippi near the Tennessee state line, and authorities said they had taken a suspect into custody. (Adam Itayem/NewsNation via AP) ORG XMIT: TNTV201

A lone gunman killed six people in a rural Mississippi town on Friday, including his ex-wife, in a “series of shootings,” officials said.

A suspect is in custody, according to the Tate County Sheriff’s Office, and was identified as 52-year-old Richard Dale Crum of Arkabulta, Mississippi. The sheriff’s office said in a statement Crum was charged with first degree murder and being held without bail at the Tate County Jail.

The spree began at about 11 a.m. Friday when Crum opened fire outside a convenience store, killing a man who was sitting in a pickup truck parked outside, Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance said.

As deputies were working the crime scene, a 911 call came in about another shooting in a home a few miles away, Lance said. There, deputies found Crum’s ex-wife fatally shot, and her current husband injured.

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