Update: Marion County shooting suspect found dead

Update: Marion County shooting suspect found dead
Danny Smith- Courtesy of Marion County Sheriff's Dept.
Marion County Crime Scene
Marion County Crime Scene

MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Saturday night shooting in the New Hope community of Marion County has left two dead, one injured and the suspect believed to be responsible is now deceased.

According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, officers responded to the scene of a shooting around 9:30 p.m. at 899 New Hope Kokomo Road.

Hall confirmed that a male and female were found dead at the scene from what appears to be gun shot wounds, one in the front yard and the other around the back of the house.

The victims have been identified as Diane Pierce-Smith, 52, and Mark Hatfield, 62. According to Marion County Coroner Norma Williamson both bodies have been sent the State Crime Lab in Jackson for an autopsy.

Another female victim was also inside the residence and sustained a gunshot wound. According to Hall, her injuries are not life threatening and she was transported to Forrest General Hospital.

According to Hall, Danny Paul Smith, 51, is the suspect believed to be responsible in the shooting deaths. Hall added they do consider the suspect armed and dangerous, be as that "he was mad enough to take two peoples lives."

According to Hall, Smith was found at his residence near New Hope Church Road around 1 p.m. Sunday. Hall stated that Smith appeared to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

If you have any information regarding this crime, contact the sheriff's department at 601-736-2711.

The department does have extra officers and multiple agencies in the area helping with the matter.

The Marion County Sheriff's Department contacted the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations to help process the crime scene.