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Commuity Talks About Hattiesburg Murder

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg police are investigating a home invasion that left one man dead Thursday night.

Community members speak about the deadly shooting.

"I've never seen anything  bad happen around here," said community member Leonard Moody.

The police report says three witnesses were present along with the victim, 26-year-old Robert F. Williams.

One of them heard a knock on the door.

After answering, three black males covering their faces came into the house. One of the suspects had a gun.

Witnesses say they forced them into a bedroom and then shot and killed the victim.

Moody works just a few doors down from where the home invasion happened, along with Sybil Hamilton.

"We've never been bothered by anybody," she said.

Hamilton says she's seen the victim before.

"He has come by here walking his dog in the cemetery, we've seen him several times," she said.

Hamilton said she's never been concerned about her safety in this area, but police have warned her to be cautious.

"I've had patrolmen come by for other things and they would tell me it would be good to keep my doors locked," she said.

Moody said, "I'll be looking over my shoulder.

Hattiesburg Police were not able to give a statement Friday, but the police report says it's unclear what the suspects wanted.

They are still investigating.

If you have any information that could help police, call Crime Stoppers at 601-582-STOP (7867).

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