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Two brothers are dead after a series of shootings in a small Mississippi town and police are still trying to track down the people responsible. Two brothers are dead after a series of shootings in a small Mississippi town and police are still trying to track down the people responsible.
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(WMC-TV) – Two brothers are dead after a series of shootings in a small Mississippi town and police are still trying to track down the people responsible.

Shaundarrus Moore, 17, and his 26-year-old brother Lacardo are dead after Thursday night's gang involved shootings.

"They sound like firecrackers, firecrackers," said Aaron Giddings. "She said she heard somebody screaming"

Giddings' family was inside when the two men were killed in their Batesville apartment complex.

Three teenagers were injured in the first shooting, but all of them were released from the hospital.

But there was more violence 30 minutes later.

"I would best describe this as an ambush shooting," said District Attorney John Champion. "We certainly think that the two that were deceased were possibly involved in the first shooting and the second shooting was probably retaliation."

But for neighbors, it was a scary situation.

"A lot of people at work get off at night, come home and go to sleep, but last night they didn't go to sleep," said Giddings.

Champion said Thursday night's shootings were just the latest in a string of gang shootings in the area.

"I think, once the investigation and everything is complete, we're going to find it's the same two groups involved in everything," he said.

Investigators say the best tips come from the community. So they're pleading with residents to come together, just as the area's law enforcement agencies have, in the fight back against the gangs.

"There's no turf war here," said Champion. "We're going to do it and we're going to get this thing stopped and were going to get these shootings to stop."

And while there may be no turf war between law enforcement, it's the opposite for the gangs in Panola County.

"We don't give into this and we won't allow it," said Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby.

Darby said violence is on the rise because area departments are putting a dent in gang activity.

"When the police get out there and start doing their job, this happens," he said.

Darby said his department knows of at least three gangs operating inside Batesville, and two in the county. Deputies are rounding them up as quickly as possible.

"We've made several good arrests here lately on some higher echelon gang members," he said. "That's had an association with the lower echelon and they don't function as well."

The sheriff said gang violence is splitting apart the community he was sworn to protect.

"They're doing it in highly populated neighborhoods, just a wonder somebody hasn't gotten shot that's innocent yet, but it's a matter of time," Darby said.

"And they're brawling over just about anything. The information we're getting is turf, colors, everything associated with drug activity, most of it is youngsters, retaliation."

Sheriff Darby said many residents are frightened but it's crucial for them to trust law enforcement by giving tips that can help keep families safe.

"At first, we weren't getting anything," he said.

But things have started to change.

"They're coming forward," he said. "They're concerned about their families now and they're seeing what's going on."

With help from Batesville police, and other agencies in Mississippi, Darby promises peaceful change.

"We can clean it up and we're going to," he said. "It's just a matter of time."

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