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Shooting in the Merrill Community


May 6, 2011



On Friday, May 6, 2011 at 0830 hours while patrolling the Merrill Community a deputy with the George County Sheriff’s Office was flagged down by an individual who stated that he had just been shot.  The victim Lawrence Steele, age 23, of the Merrill Community, was struck in the shoulder by a projectile that had apparently came through the back glass of the vehicle he was driving on Moye Boulton Lane.  The victim was transported by ambulance to George Regional Hospital where he was treated for a gun shot wound to the left shoulder.  The suspect Kenny Dennis, age 25, of the Lucedale area, is being sought in connection with the shooting.  The case remains under investigation, anyone with information about the crime or the suspect, please contact the George County Sheriff’s Office at 601-947-4811 or the web site at (






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