Police arrest one in mass shooting that killed one, injured 6 at Ocean Springs restaurant

Ocean Springs police arrested a suspect Saturday in a mass shooting at a Cinco de Mayo party at an Ocean Springs restaurant that resulted in the death of a teenager and injuries to six others, Ocean Springs police said in a press release.

“At this time the identity of the suspect will not be released as the investigation continues,” said Police Chief Mark Dunston. “Detectives are continuing to conduct interviews and do not want details to taint any forthcoming information.”

So far, the suspect has been arrested on a charge of first-degree murder, Ocean Springs Police Capt. Ryan LeMaire said Sunday, though additional charges are pending the completion of the investigation.

A law enforcement officer enters crime scene tape surrounding The Scratch Kitchen restaurant in Ocean Springs after a shooting left 1 dead and several injured on Friday, May 5, 2023.
A law enforcement officer enters crime scene tape surrounding The Scratch Kitchen restaurant in Ocean Springs after a shooting left 1 dead and several injured on Friday, May 5, 2023.

The shooting occurred Friday night, resulting in the death of 19-year-old Chayse Harmon, Jackson County Deputy Coroner James Prisock said. Harmon was shot in the chest.

The shooting happened at the The Scratch Kitchen on Government Street.

Of the six others shot and injured, two remained hospitalized Saturday afternoon, LeMaire said. He said one of the shooting victims remained in the intensive care unit at Ocean Springs Hospital, listed in stable but guarded condition.

Crime scene tape surrounds The Scratch Kitchen restaurant in Ocean Springs after a shooting left 1 dead and several injured on Friday, May 5, 2023.
Crime scene tape surrounds The Scratch Kitchen restaurant in Ocean Springs after a shooting left 1 dead and several injured on Friday, May 5, 2023.

The other shooting victim still hospitalized is under observation in stable condition at a New Orleans hospital, LeMaire said.

Crime scene tape surrounded the restaurant Saturday as a crowd of about 20 people watched police survey the scene and collect evidence. Ocean Springs Mayor Kenny Holloway was also at the scene. Police could be seen examining the patio area of the restaurant.

The restaurant remained closed Sunday.

Law enforcement officers stand behind crime scene tape as onlookers watch an investigation into a shooting at The Scratch Kitchen restaurant in Ocean Springs on Friday, May 5, 2023.
Law enforcement officers stand behind crime scene tape as onlookers watch an investigation into a shooting at The Scratch Kitchen restaurant in Ocean Springs on Friday, May 5, 2023.