Man who burned to death after crashing carjacked car into gas station pump, shooting in air identified

The car had been reported carjacked from Byram earlier Saturday.

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - One person was killed after a car crashed into a gas station pump then caught on fire Saturday afternoon. Firefighters responded to the gas station and as they ran to rescue the man he pulled out a gun and began shooting into the air.

Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart has identified the driver as Laurence Veal.

According to Sgt. Holmes with the Jackson Police Department, the crash happened shortly after 1:30 p.m.

Officers responded to the Eagle Gas Station and found a black SUV had collided with a gas pump and the vehicle was on fire with the driver still inside.

Sgt. Holmes said Veal displayed a hand gun and shot into the air. He didn’t point the gun at anybody and didn’t try to exit the SUV. He ended up dying on scene from the fire.

Jackson firefighters put out the fire but several other cars were also damaged.

Surveillance video showed the black SUV turn quickly into the parking lot and drive straight into the gas pump before bursting into flames.

Sgt. Holmes said they learned that the SUV had been stolen earlier that day in Byram.

The Eagle Stop gas station sits on W. Capitol Street.

We will update as soon as we know more.

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