A Philadelphia resident says he fired a handgun at three men who broke into his home around 2 a.m. Tuesday.
"I didn't shoot to kill," said Jay L.C. Franklin, who lives on Golf Course Road. "I was kind of dazed and I blinked my eyes. I heard a noise again and then I heard noise the third time and I said, 'There is somebody in this house!'"
That's when Franklin, who is a veteran, says he grabbed his 38-caliber handgun and went into his kitchen where he saw three black men he did not know.
According to Franklin, the men were going through his prescription medication. He said he believes they were trying to steal it. It was just a year ago when he says some of his other prescription drugs were stolen when he was living at a house outside the city limits.
Franklin said at least one of the men had a gun.
"He fired approximately four or five shots," said Assistant Police Chief Julian Greer. "We don't know if anyone was hit, but at the time we received a call from Neshoba Regional Hospital that they had a gunshot victim at the hospital at that time."
Police are now looking for the man who dropped off the man with the gunshot wound at the hospital. He has been identified as James Antoine Moore of Philadelphia. For now, he is wanted only for questioning.
As police try to find out whether the burglary and gunshot victim are connected, Franklin says he is still a little shaken.
"I'm glad I didn't kill the young man," said Franklin.
James Antoine Moore of Philadelphia is described as a black male in his early twenties, 5' 10" and 150 pounds. Anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked to call authorities at 601-656-2131.