Cucos to close three years after mass shooting

Cucos to close three years after mass shooting

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A  longtime Hattiesburg restaurant that was the scene of a mass shooting three years ago will close soon.

Cucos Mexican Restaurant is shutting down Aug. 1 after more than 30 years in the Hub City.

Owner Ricardo Mussiett said competition from other Mexican restaurants has hurt business, but he said the restaurant never recovered from the April 2, 2012 shooting spree that wounded five people.

The shooter is now in prison.

"That really is the main reason why I'm closing, because of the shooting," Mussiett said. "My business dropped like over 60 percent of the revenue and has been on a losing streak for the last two-and-a-half years, ever since the shooting happened."

Mussiett has owned Cucos for the last seven years.

It originally opened in the mid-1980s.