Hub City homicide victim identified

Hub City homicide victim identified
Hattiesburg police search for evidence at the scene of a shooting on Spencer Street.
A truck sits in the Emergency bay at Forrest General Hospital.
A truck sits in the Emergency bay at Forrest General Hospital.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - One person is dead after a late night shooting, and police are investigating it as the 6th homicide of the year in the Hub City.

Just before midnight Hattiesburg police responded to Forrest General Hospital where an unidentified driver arrived in a truck with a person suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, from an incident that occurred on Spencer Street.

The victim that was dropped of at the hospital has been identified as Richard Deshawn Barnes, 43, of Hattiesburg.

The single-cab pickup truck was parked in the emergency room bay of the hospital, with broken glass scattered on the ground outside of the open passenger door.

A short time later, that truck was surrounded with crime scene tape, while investigators obtained a search warrant to process the scene.

Hattiesburg police as well as members of the Hattiesburg Crime Scene Unit combed the front yard and driveway of an abandoned home at 929 Spencer Street.

Crime scene investigators photographed multiple shell casings and an area of broken glass, and collected all the items to log them as evidence from the driveway of the wood paneled home.

Nobles said the body will be sent to the State Crime Lab in Jackson for an autopsy.

At this time, no suspects are in custody, and police ask if you have any information to contact Hattiesburg police of Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-STOP.