Man shot during robbery attempt in Pascagoula

PASCAGOULA

A man was shot during an attempted robbery in Pascagoula on Saturday.

Benito Zarate, 23, of Grand Bay, Ala., was visiting his sister at River Reach Apartments on Scovel Road. Police said he was approached by three young men as he walked to his car. One pulled a gun and attempted to rob him. He told police he slapped the barrel of the gun downward and the man pulled the trigger. Police said Zarate was shot in the groin area; he was taken by personal vehicle to Singing River Hospital.

Zarate said the three men fled in an older green Ford Escort, possibly a 1988.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pascagoula Criminal Investigation Division at 762-2211.

— Sun Herald

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