Bail set for suspect in fatal Hattiesburg shooting

As Eddie Lee Saunders made his first court appearance Wednesday before Judge Jolly Mathews, he was asked about any prior offenses.

Saunders, 44, said he couldn't remember any, but Mathews reminded him of his 1981 manslaughter conviction and prior weapons charges.

Saunders was then charged with one count of homicide, and his bail set at $750,000.

"We haven't located a weapon at this time, we are still working on the investigation," said Hattiesburg Information Officer Synarus Green.

Green said investigators still aren't sure why Saunders opened fire.

Police responded Tuesday afternoon to a report of shots fired near the 100 block of Abrams Street where they found Charles Moore, 17, dying of a gunshot wound to the chest. First responders were unable to save him, and he perished in route.

Saunders cooperated with police at first, but then things got complicated.

Officers took Saunders into custody around 7:50 p.m. to question him concerning an earlier shooting near the same location.

"While we were investigating that incident, we were led to a residence here at 1300 block of Country Club Road where Saunders later barricaded himself," said Green. "In response, we initiated our STAR team, our special tactics response team, to the area."

Saunders surrendered around 9:50 p.m. after police had surrounded the residence for over an hour.

A second suspect, Charles DeVonte Harris, 28, was also taken into custody charged as an accessory after the fact.

"We learned that he did assist Saunders after the initial report of the shooting," said Green.