Two men killed in shooting

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 19, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; Two Louisiana men were found shot to death outside a Natchez night club early Saturday morning, leading to an 11-hour police search and eventual arrest of a Natchez man.

Natchez Police Chief Mike Mullins said officers responded to the scene of a shooting around 4 a.m. Saturday in front of the In the Mix night club at 221 Homochitto St. When they arrived, officers found 49-year-old Roy Rushing, of 115 Shady Lane, Ferriday, and 31-year-old Michael McMillian, of 7156 Lousiana 129, Monterey, lying dead on the ground in front of the night club.

The shooter had fled the scene before officers arrived, Mullins said.

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Eyewitnesses identified the murder suspect as 31-year-old Kevin Book, of 2811 Itasca Drive, Mullins said.

Adams County Coroner James Lee said that the crime scene was one of the &8220;most brutal&8221; he has ever seen.

&8220;Both men were shot in the head at close range, in my opinion,&8221; Lee said.

Autopsies performed on both victims in Jackson confirmed the men had died of fatal gunshot wounds.

Officers went to Book&8217;s house Saturday morning to search for the suspect, but found the residence vacant.

However, when officers returned around 3 p.m. Saturday they found Book barricaded inside the house.

&8220;The suspect had put a refrigerator in front of the door and had gone up into the attic,&8221; Mullins said.

A special response team surrounded the house and was able to talk the suspect into voluntarily surrendering without incident, Mullins said.

&8220;Right now we do not have a motive,&8221; Mullins said. &8220;We do believe (the suspect) knew at least one of the victims.&8221;

Officers applied for a warrant to search for the murder weapon in the suspect&8217;s house. As of Saturday evening, the firearm had not been found.

Book is charged with two counts of murder and is expected to be arraigned Monday, Mullins said.

McMillian&8217;s and Rushing&8217;s deaths are the second and third homicides of the year for Natchez.

Natchez resident John Christopher Case was charged Wednesday after being indicted for the murder of Billy Dean Arnold. Arnold&8217;s death in April was Natchez&8217;s first homicide of 2006.