Pascagoula police looking for 3 suspects in shooting

PASCAGOULA, MS

Pascagoula police are searching for three suspects in a weekend shooting and attempted robbery. Officers say the victim is Benito Zarate, 23, of Grand Bay, AL. On Saturday, Officers questioned Zarate at Singing River Hospital where he was receiving treatment. 

Zarate told police he visiting his sister at the River Reach Apartment complex on Scovel Road.  As he was walking to his car, three young black males approached him in the parking lot.  One of the men pulled a gun and attempted to rob Zarate.  Zarate told officers that he slapped the barrel of the gun downward. The man pulled the trigger, shooting Zarate in the groin area. 

Pascagoula police say when Zarate arrived at the hospital, personnel contacted the police. 

Police say the three men fled in an older green Ford Escort, possibly a 1988 model. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Pascagoula Police Criminal Investigation Division. 

By Danielle Thomas

WLOX- ch 13

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