A shootout in a gun store? This is why you don’t get into arguments inside of gun stores, filled with hundreds of weapons and armed individuals. The husband of a Mississippi gun owner, as well as the family’s son, were shot and killed Saturday after another father and son pair argued with the owners inside a Pearl River County gun store. The store’s co-owner reportedly called her husband after a customer became furious with her. Her husband and son arrived, and a shootout between the four men ensued.
Writes NBC News on Jan. 25: “The customers, who are also a father and son, had visited the store to collect a firearm that had been dropped off for repair. They became irate after being told it was not ready and there would be a $25 service charge. The argument descended into a shootout, resulting in the owner and his son dying from ‘multiple gunshot wounds’ and the customers being transferred to intensive care.”
Police released the names of those involved in the fatal shooting. Killed in the gun store shootout was Jason A. McLemore, 44, who owns the McLemore Gun Shop on Mississippi 43 in Hanleyfield along with his wife. Their son, 17-year-old Jacob Edward McLemore, also was shot and killed. The customers were identified as Audy McCool, 52, and his son Michael McCool, 29.
The McCools were taken to a Pearl River County hospital, both with life-threatening injuries. Their conditions have not been updated.
“It’s still under investigation,” said Pearl River County Chief Deputy Shane Tucker. “There will be lots of work to sift through the evidence collected and statements and see where that steers the investigation. That will be done in the following weeks and months.”
Deputy Tucker said Michael McCool was likely the one who shot and killed Jason McLemore and his son. Police are investigating however who may have opened fire first. “During this argument, we believe there might have been some pushing and shoving,” Deputy Tucker said. “One of the customers and one of the owners produced firearms. We don’t know who shot first.”
Adds Mississippi’s Sun Herald: “Around Pearl River County and on social media, those who knew the McLemores described Jason McLemore as a kind and fair person to whom many brought their firearms for repairs.”
Outside the shop Monday morning, the windows had been boarded up. Small wooden crosses were left on the sidewalk. The guns store shootout remains under investigation, and the McCools have yet to be charged.