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Smith County couple shot overnight

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SMITH COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Yellow crime scene tape crosses the driveway, leading to the home of Bobby and Lynette Moore in the Burns community of Smith County. Both were shot early Thursday morning.

The Smith County Sheriff's Department was called to the Moore's home at 1125 Highway 481, about 12:46 AM.

"It doesn't appear to be a burglary because even after the shooting no one went into the house. I really haven't figured that part out yet but we think we have a motive, possibly," said Smith County Sheriff Charlie Crumpton.

He did not release what that motive is or a possible suspect.

Crumpton says deputies and Mississippi Bureau of Investigation agents combed the woods Thursday morning searching for clues.

"Try to be patient as we have to be patient because there are just certain ways this has to be done and some of these things take a while," explained the sheriff to a worried public.

Benny Hare owns a small business, Hare Sharpening, just down the road from the Moore's home. He says news of the shooting was a shock, even though he doesn't know the couple.

"I already told my son we don't need to be just one person here because you don't know. I have no idea if they have caught this guy or anything. I have not been told."

No arrests have been made and authorities are calling the shooting an "isolated incident".

"The public I understand is scared, and I don't blame anybody to be scared in a community where this happened. But we don't think this is a deal where they are going to go to another house tonight. It doesn't appear to be that way. We've got our reasons for thinking that."

A University of Mississippi Medical Center spokesperson says Bobby Moore, 79, is in good condition and Lynette Moore, 76, is in serious condition.

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