Port Gibson man, 20, slain in store parking lot

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 14, 2004

[6/13/04]A Port Gibson man died early Saturday morning after a shooting at a convenience store and gas station parking lot, and authorities were searching for a suspect.

Patrick Berry, 20, no address available, died about 2:45 after being shot at Moak Petroleum on Mississippi 18 at U.S. 61 North, said Claiborne County Sheriff Frank Davis.

Berry was apparently shot by someone in a truck parked in the lot.

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The sheriff’s department was searching for Dimon Davis, 24, of California, after witnesses identified him as the gunman.

Davis, who has relatives in the Port Gibson area, is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 175 pounds and with a medium brown complexion.

“He is on the run,” the sheriff said, asking that anyone with information about the suspect’s whereabouts to call the sheriff’s department at 437-5161.

“We will bring criminal charges against anyone helping to hide or transport him,” Sheriff Davis said.

A pistol believed used in the shooting was recovered at the scene, he said.

Events leading to the shooting were under investigation.

Claiborne County Coroner J.W. Mallett said an autopsy was to be performed Saturday night at Mississippi Mortuary Services in Pearl.

John Moak of Vicksburg, the store’s owner, was contacted Saturday night.

“The shooting had nothing to do with the store or its employees,” he said.

Thompson Funeral Home in Port Gibson has charge of arrangements.