Hattiesburg mass shooting suspect sentenced to 100 years

Hattiesburg mass shooting suspect sentenced to 100 years
Scott Tyner
Scott Tyner at his sentencing hearing.
Scott Tyner at his sentencing hearing.
Scott Tyner at his sentencing hearing
Scott Tyner at his sentencing hearing

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg man charged with five counts of aggravated assault after a mass shooting at a local restaurant was sentenced to 100 years Tuesday morning.

Scott Tyner, 46, appeared before specially appointed Judge Breland Hilburn in Forrest County Circuit Court at 10:00 a.m. for his sentencing. Tyner previously entered a blind plea, which was guilty on all counts on Oct. 14.

Tyner was accused of shooting five people at Cuco's restaurant in Hattiesburg in April 2012. Through previous court appearances, records show that a mental evaluation was given, and Tyner did pass the forensic evaluation.

During the morning court proceedings, Linda Hinton, one of the victims decided to make a statement.

(According to victim Linda Hinton)

On April 2, 2010 my whole life changed that day, me and my kids were at the restaurant for supper for my birthday. When I got there, I said it feels funny, when we sat down, the waitress came up and asked what we wanted, we were undecided, so she came back.

About 15 to 20 minutes later we heard a loud boom, so we turned around. Then we heard something that sounded like a bomb had exploded, and he entered by the bar, and that's when he shot his first victim, I was the next victim, he shot me from the back.

Her daughters got up and screamed my momma got shot and they got up to run, I seen him shot my oldest daughter, I was screaming lord have mercy.

Oh god help us, help us help us... For me to be a mother, and to have them shot and not be able to help my kids at the time... I never seen him, I never seen his face.

"My baby was standing up screaming momma he looked me in my face and he shot me."

My life hasn't been the same since that day, my baby has nightmares and I have to sleep with her, whenever I go out, I have to watch behind my back.

"We were just innocent people just sitting down in the restaurant," said Hinton.

During testimony, assistant district attorney DeCarlo Hood clarified one of Tyner's previous statements, where Tyner stated "I don't deserve that much jail time, I only shot four people." 

"He is no different than a terrorist, he shot five innocent people that he did not know," said Hood. 

"He then went and confessed, on camera to police, I don't know why I shot them, but I shot them," said Hood. 

 Tyner was given the opportunity to address the court, which he stated: "I don't know what else to say but I'm sorry. I take responsibility for it, I have a history of psychological problems and I guess i just lost my mind," said Tyner. "I don't know what else to say, but I'm sorry," said Tyner.

The break down of the five aggravated assault counts are: count 1 and 2 run consecutive, 40 years, and counts 3, 4 and 5, 20 years on each, to run concurrent on count 2.