January 10, 2022

Four arrested in fatal New Year’s Eve shooting in Gulfport

Therese Apel

SOURCE: HARRISON COUNTY JAIL Mario Clark, 23, Vincent Armstrong, 18, and Khalid Williams, 26 each face one count of 2nd degree murder and two counts of shooting into a dwelling. Williams faces an additional charge for possession of a weapon after a felony conviction.(Harrison County Jail)Mario Clark, 23, Vincent Armstrong, 18, and Khalid Williams, 26

Four arrests have now been made in a shooting on New Year’s Eve that left four dead.

The shooting happened just minutes before midnight at a New Year’s Eve party on Lewis Avenue in the Gaston Point neighborhood. Authorities said 911 calls came in at 11:58 p.m. reporting shots fired. More than 50 shots were fired, police said, and participants in the shootout used all kinds of weapons, from small handguns to assault rifles. First responders found six men and one woman suffering from gunshot wounds.

Three men died from their injuries the night of the shooting: Corey Dubose, 23, of D’Iberville, Sedrick McCord, 28, of Gulfport, and Aubrey Lewis, 22, of Bay St. Louis. A fourth victim, Nathaniel Harris, 52, was in critical condition for several days before he died. Two other men and the woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Xavier Preston, 23, of Gulfport, faces a charge of first-degree murder and a count of second-degree murder and is currently in custody in Kentucky on an unrelated matter. He is currently behind bars in Kentucky and is awaiting extradition.

Clark and Armstrong were denied bond at on the murder charge and given $500,000 bond for the shooting into a dwelling charge at their initial appearance Saturday morning.

Williams will appear in court today, and Preston is awaiting extradition.

Anyone with any information on this ongoing investigation is asked to contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

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