Four injured at Waffle House shootout


At around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, gunshots rang out at the Waffle House on Clay Street. At least 20 rounds were fired from two guns in the exchange that occurred after an argument and altercation escalated in the parking lot. Shell casings found at the scene were from a 9 mm and a .40-caliber handgun. Two casings were found in the trunk of a vehicle that was parked at the emergency entrance to the hospital.

This white Camry was involved in the shootout (photo by David Day)

“We have confirmed that four people have been shot. None of the injuries appear to be life threatening” said Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore to the Vicksburg Daily News. “As of now, three patients have been transferred to UMC in Jackson, one by ambulance and two were airlifted.” Currently police are withholding information on what led to the fight and subsequent shootout.

The shooting is the third over the holiday weekend in Warren County. On Sunday Night in Warren County a 13-year-old was shot in the leg in an incident on Grey Creek Drive in the county. That investigation is on going. “It is not clear if the shooting was the result of an incident or gross negligence,” said Sheriff Martin Pace.

Friday evening, one person was injured at Clay and Mission after allegedly being shot by an individual in a white Chevy Suburban. Vicksburg Police are seeking Xavier Taylor, 25, for questioning in that incident.

Thursday, Mayor George Flaggs Jr. lifted the curfew in Vicksburg as a result of the gaming commission deciding to open the casinos. Since that time, the Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department have investigated numerous altercations around the county.

You can see our live report from the Waffle House scene just after the shooting here and Chief Milton Moore’s interview with the Vicksburg Daily News here.