UPDATE: Man dead after shooting in Pontotoc

Pontotoc city authorities are investigating the shooting death of a 25-year-old Lee County man.

Pontotoc City Police Chief Larry Poole said he believes the Monday night shooting of Shaun Duane Walton was not a random act.

“I believe the shooter and the victim knew each other,” Poole said.

Walton was shot at 8 p.m. while at the Grove Apartments off West Reynolds Extended in Pontotoc.

Chief Poole said Walton was shot with “possibly a small caliber hand gun in the chest area.

“We have one person of interest that we are looking for in connection with the shooting death.”

Poole said Walton, who lived at 120 Lee County Road 51, was transported to the hospital in a private vehicle.

Pontotoc County coroner Kim Bedford said she pronounced Walton dead of a gunshot wound at the Pontotoc emergency room.

“His body will be in Jackson for an autopsy tomorrow (Wednesday),” Bedford said.

Chief Poole said that all law -enforcement departments are helping in the investigation, “the sheriff, the Mississippi Highway patrol as well as the city police.”

If anyone has any tips that will lead to an arrest in the shooting Poole asked them to call the Pontotoc Police Department.

“We have two numbers, 489-7804 for the day or 489-3631 for the night.”

Shaun Duane Walton, 25, of 120 Lee County Road 51 was pronounced dead at the North Mississippi Medical Center Emergency Room in Tupelo after a shooting at the Grove apartments in Pontotoc on West Reynolds Street.

Coroner Kim Bedford said Walton died from a gunshot wound and there will be an autopsy in Jackson on Wednesday. Bedford pronounced Walton dead.

Authorities said the shooting took place Monday night.

Pontotoc Chief Larry Poole will have more details as they come to light.

Poole said authorities are looking for one individual in connection with the shooting. No other details have been released.

More on this story as it is available.

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