LAUREN WOOD/THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Family members of Tyrone Bernard stand outside of DD's Package Store after placing a wreath of flowers on the door of the store Thursday afternoon in his memory. Bernard was shot and killed after leaving work after his shift and closing the store at approximately 10 p.m. last night.

Man killed in late-night murder at liquor store

Published 9:43am Thursday, January 3, 2013

NATCHEZ — A Natchez man was killed Wednesday night after he was reportedly ambushed by four men while closing up the liquor store at which he worked.

Natchez Detective Jerry Ford said four individuals were waiting in the alley beside DD’s Package Store on Martin Luther King Jr. Street for Tyrone Bernard, 49, 308 1/2 S. Bluebird Drive, while he was closing the store at approximately 10 p.m.. When Bernard came outside, Ford said, the suspects rushed him.

“He got in a scuffle with one of them, and while that was going on, one of them shot him,” Ford said.

Bernard attempted to leave the scene in his car, Ford said, presumably to get help, but died shortly after getting in his vehicle. Ford said Bernard’s vehicle cruised approximately 40 feet across the street.

Police have not yet identified any suspects.

Anyone with any information about the murder should call NPD at 601-445-5565 or Crime Stoppers at 601-442-5000.

Crime Stoppers offers a reward up to $1,000 for a tip leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect. Callers can remain anonymous.

  • Anonymous

    Just so damn senseless. God be with this man’s family and friends. Senseless.

  • Anonymous

    sure hope they find these scumbags!!….disgusting!!

  • Anonymous

    Another example of black on black crime (probable due to location of the event). When will the black community quit voting for Let ‘Em Loose Lillie to disrupt this cycle?

  • Anonymous

    The police must know who done it. How else would they know what happened and how many people were involved? God be with this mans family.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    People closing as this should call the NPD to watch them as they get into their car for their safety especially if they are going to a nite deposit at a bank!! Should have a firearm and laid all 4 down but the location invites problems as this to happen!! Sorry about the person that died and the family for this is so crazy for Natchez will be up there with NOLA and Jackson for killings!!

  • vilou09

    That’s what I was wondering as well. SOMEBODY knows EXACTLY what happened!!!

  • Anonymous

    Um, witnesses who could not definitively ID the perpetrators?

  • equalrights

    how do u know whoever did this senseless crime ever even been 2 jail y yall always downing Mrs Sanders name 1 killer that she let loose

  • Tooblessedforstress

    It never fails!!! Its always a racist person to log on and make a nonsense comment. Where are your morals?? What about giving condolences to the deceased family?? I’m more than positive that you have family of your own, so do think if they were to read your comments that they would find comfort in your words? Put the shoes on your feet and see if this is what you would want to read after you have lost one of your loved ones…Instead of trying to slander blacks or Judge Sanders, try praying for them…One day, you’ll need Mrs. Sanders or even a African American…Never count your chickens before they’re hatched…..Have a good day!

  • Eggplant

    Name one killer that she put away?????? It’s this type of mind frame that people like you keep instead of simply looking at her case history and making an intelligent decision that this woman is taking a big role in destroying this community…”Crabs in a bucket” if you know what I mean… I will pray for the family of a very well respected, hardworking member of this county that was taken from us…

  • http://profiles.google.com/everette.roberts Everette Roberts

    i have a dream…………

  • Anonymous

    We actually need Mrs. Sanders now. We need her to do her damn job. Only you seem to care what color she is. Anytime anyone who isn’t black mentions the epidemic of black on black murder, people like you always show up yelling “racist”. No wonder it continues unabated. Your priorities are so screwed up you care more about what white people say than what black people do. I’ve said before, when blacks hate the murder of their own by their own as much as they hate whites this epidemic might start to fade. I’m not holding my breath.

  • Anonymous

    Very sad. Here is a man trying to work and make a living, and thugs who just “take what they want” kill this man in his prime. God be with his family and friends.

  • Anonymous

    I have as much sympathy for the victim’s family as I have for every other family (black, white, pink, or yellow) in this area whose loved ones have been victimized in whatever fashion by those that Sanders puts back on the street with violent crime records. By some coincidence, those put back on the streets seem to be disproportionately black – is that racist also?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know about you OSG but I’m tired of the empty sympathy gestures. Sympathy and nothing else isn’t saving any lives or reducing the murder rate. It is a cop-out. Of course we have sympathy for the family. That’s a given. I’m also tired of people claiming some moral high ground because they openly declare that which is perfectly normal (sympathy) as some grand ethical stance. Congratulations, you (not directed at OSG) just publicly announced you have normal human emotions. I wish people would stop hiding behind sympathy, as if that helped anyone, and actually do something in their communities.

  • Anonymous

    The very reason I did not include sympathies in my original post – it is a given. I had intended to go back and edit it to add sympathies, but other things arose that prevented me from doing so at that moment.

  • Anonymous

    Too blessed you don’t even get a Darwin award for your mental inadequacies; you get the plexiglass belly button award. That is so you can see when your head is ………………………

  • Anonymous

    MY SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THE DECEASE. WITH THAT SAID, READING ALL OF THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS DOING TIMES OF GRIEF IS NO SUPPRISE. THE SAME ONES COMMENTS THE SAME WAY ALL OF THE TIME. SOME OF THEM HAVE MORE THAN ONE USER NAME TO MAKE IT APPEAR THAT IT’S MANY THAT FEELS THE SAME WAY THEY DO. BUT YOU CAN BE ASSURE OF ONE THING; 99.9% OF THIS COMMUNITY DO NOT FEEL THAT WAY. THAT.1% WORKS OVER TIME TRYING TO MAKE IT APPEAR THAT THE COMMUNITY IS BEHIND THEM. THE N.P.D HAVE, AND STILL IS DOING A GREAT JOB. IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THEY ARE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE. I CAN’T SPEAK HIGHTLY ENOUGHT ABOUT OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM. WE HAVE THE BEST JUDGES ANY COMMUNITY WOULD WANT. AS SURE AS WE ARE BORN ON THIS EARTH, WE WILL LEAVE THIS EARTH. NOW, IF THERE’S *ANY* MAN THAT KNOW HOW-AND-WHEN, I WANNA MEET HIM.

  • Tooblessedforstress

    As I stated earlier, if the family of the deceased reads the derogatory comments that you are making, do you think that they will be comforted by your remarks or do you even care? Comments should be directed towards showing this family and whomever was affected by this tragedy some respect. You are always on here talking negative about blacks and black judges. If you are so smart, why didn’t you run for office? You are always talking about Judge Sanders, is it because the color of her skin or how she sometimes gives people a second chance at life? As for me, I truly have sympathy for this family… He was a father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and somebody’s friend…So for a person to get on here to make undercover racial slurs shows the ignorance in you! You should be on your knees praying for the family and also for Mrs. Sanders. While you’re pointing your finger at people for what “you” think that they should do, REMEMBER three of your fingers are pointing back at you. There’s only one perfect person and that’s the Almighty God.. so until you can judge somebody, remember that one day you will stand account on all your imperfections also. Last but not least, When whites are killing their parents or perhaps even 20 innocent babies, what did you have to say about them? Did you say anything like: When whites hate the murder of their own by their own as much as they hate blacks this epidemic might just fade? I’m just saying!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Chicago, Detroit, D.C……What is the common denominator?

  • Anonymous

    Yeah call the police because they’re so good at catching people who jump people. I called and even gave them a lost id of one of them to help find who they were even saw evidence on facebook of them bragging on what they did and they just let it go. Don’t want to disturb those tax paying downtown bar owners and let people know that kind of thing happens even early evening hours.I BEGGED them to show film on their security cameras that just happen to be broke when your loved one was jumped by several guys. Unprovoked. Begged them to look at the footage. Would you do that if you weren’t just a victim? Promised they would look into it. Big joke! No one cares, unless it’s their child. Oh, and if you’re attacked and leave bleeding to go get stitches and facial fractures treated in the ER after telling a cop what happened, well too bad, so sad, you left the scene so sorry can’t help you. And a lawyer? No money in it for them, so no interest there either. So yeah, call ‘em. I bet they’ll have ‘em in no time flat!

  • Eggplant

    but what about when de police cracked down on all that illegal parking at Cathedral…….Police doing dey job!!!!!!! Dey dont get paid extra to look at no footage or send stuff off to no crime lab… You gots to have postage stamps for all dat….. Read Dave07Deuce07′s posts and you can get a better feel of how good a job dey doing…… All dat negative reports about people being killed and robbed around Natchez is all just racism becouse the chief is afkin amercan

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1332024969 Joe Brown

    I don’t know this man but I do know that this was senseless . Staying alive is starting to be a full-time job .