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HPD Investigates Homicide, 1 Dead

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HATTIESBURG, Miss.- Hattiesburg Police continue investigating a weekend shooting that left one man dead.

Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, HPD was dispatched to the intersection of West Pine Street and 4th Avenue

"We received a call that shots were fired around the area," said Lt. Jon Traxler.

Authorities say when they arrived on the scene, a man was standing outside of a vehicle with a gun and a cell phone. 

"There was another subject laying there that had also been shot lying the middle of the roadway," he said.

Forrest County Deputy Coroner Jonathan Nobles identified the man in the road as 21 year-old John Donaldson. Traxler said he was taken to the hospital but was pronounced dead.

"There were several people brought in for questioning," Traxler said. "At this time all investigations we got so far is that this  is a self defense type shooting."

Police said Donaldson approached the man in the vehicle and attempted to rob him, but he had a gun in his car.

"There was an exchange of gunfire and the person being robbed was able to shoot," he said.

Authorities did not release the victim's name who was allegedly being robbed. Another person who was with Donaldson was also shot, but he managed to drive himself to the hospital.

No one has been officially charged with a crime . Traxler said the case will be heard by a grand jury and they will decided if they want to issue any formal indictments.

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