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Neighbors say triple homocide shooting location used to be quiet, but a new business brought changes. Source: WLBT Neighbors say triple homocide shooting location used to be quiet, but a new business brought changes. Source: WLBT
Neighbors say triple homocide shooting location used to be quiet, but a new business brought changes. Source: WLBT Neighbors say triple homocide shooting location used to be quiet, but a new business brought changes. Source: WLBT
Neighbors say triple homocide shooting location used to be quiet, but a new business brought changes. Source: WLBT Neighbors say triple homocide shooting location used to be quiet, but a new business brought changes. Source: WLBT
Neighbors say triple homocide shooting location used to be quiet, but a new business brought changes. Source: WLBT Neighbors say triple homocide shooting location used to be quiet, but a new business brought changes. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Two men are dead and another is injured after a shooting that happened on Bailey Avenue Sunday.

As of Sunday evening, the suspect is still on the run.

People who live nearby say the area is normally quiet, except for the exact location of the shooting.

RELATED: Deceased victims in fatal Bailey Avenue shooting identified

A witness told Jackson police that three men were shot around 1:30 a.m. after leaving Skonny's, a run-down looking building that goes by "Skeeno's," despite its spelling.

JPD says Skonny's is registered as a barbecue joint, but people who live nearby say it's actually a pool hall.

"This place just opened up," said George Sutton, who lives near Skonny's and says the business has only been open for about a month. "A bunch of boys by a pool room — you know they're not gonna act right...I knew something was going to happen, but I didn't know it'd be that fast."

The business sits right between Walton Elementary School and a number of churches.

"Trying to get some of the young guys to come to church, that might save their life!" exclaimed Johnnie Pate, who lives down the road from the shooting and goes to church nearby.

The crowded parking lots and flowers by the places of worship, and the signs reminding you to slow down for children in the school zone all make the area seem very friendly. And it typically is...except at night, near the barbecue restaurant-pool hall and the neighboring Sam Food Mart.

"All they do is hang around the corner, drink beer, fuss and cuss all night," said Pate. "They be arguing on the corner here, they always be arguing."

One victim was pronounced dead on scene and another died at a local hospital. The third victim is recovering from a gunshot wound to the arm and is expected to be okay.

"No problem till this happened," said Sutton. "Everybody knows each other. Same people every day."

The suspect is described only as a black male in a grey hooded top who was last seen running north on Bailey Avenue, away from the shooting.

JPD does have patrols who monitor the area.

"I think they're doing what they're supposed to do, but they patrol everything at once," said Pate. "They probably don't have enough officers, and maybe they need to get a security guard to hang around these stores."

Pate is right, JPD is about 150 patrolmen short of their goal.

READ MORE: Jackson Police Department suffers shortage as crime spikes

This shooting marked homicides 34 and 35 for this year in Jackson, and the fifth of the week.

RELATED: 2018 is Jackson's deadliest year on record, per FBI data

Detectives are still working to confirm the identity of one of the victims.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS(8477).

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