TYLERTOWN — A bank official was wounded and his alleged shooter died in an attack at Citizens Bank that packed nearby streets with emergency vehicles and worried crowds over the Wednesday lunch hour.
Chad Loup, a taxidermist from Mount Hermon, La., allegedly shot bank vice president Chad Parish of Tylertown in the face as Parish arrived at the bank at 11:30 a.m., according to Doug Walker of the Tylertown Times and WTYL Radio. Loup then reportedly turned the weapon, a shotgun, on himself.
Loup was pronounced dead at the scene, said Walthall County Sheriff Kyle Breland.
Witnesses who wished to remain anonymous provided accounts of the shooting that remained consistent with details reported by Walker and confirmed by the sheriff’s department.
Loup was waiting in the parking lot at the bank when Parish arrived. He got out of his green Nissan pickup truck with Louisiana tag and allegedly fired at Parish, the blast striking him in the face. Parish was standing next to a vehicle in the parking lot when he was wounded.
“There was a shooting with two individuals involved. One is deceased,” confirmed Breland on Wednesday afternoon.
The motive for the attack was unknown Wednesday, but Breland confirmed it was not an attempted robbery.
Shortly before 1 p.m., a hearse came to retrieve Loup’s body.
According to Walker, Parish was airlifted from the scene and transported to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. According to his family, Parish was in stable condition on Wednesday afternoon.
The investigation was being handled by the Walthall County Sheriff’s Department, the Tylertown Police Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.
Hours after the people involved in the shooting had been removed from the scene, investigators canvassed the area for more information.
Several investigators spent a considerable period of time looking through Loup’s truck, its engine still running.
Another crime scene investigator carefully inspected the shotgun on the ground outside of the pickup truck before packing it away in cardboard. The pavement directly in front of the Nissan was stained with blood even after the fire department had hosed it off.
“This is still an active crime scene,” said Breland some two hours after the shooting had taken place.