One dead after shooting in White Oak community

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Tina Campbell Meadows, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo
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Feb. 23—RIPLEY — A Ripley man is dead following a shooting in the White Oak community Monday, Feb. 22.

According to Tippah County Sheriff Karl Gaillard, the sheriff's department received a 911 call at 6:20 p.m. regarding a shooting at a residence on County Road 549 in Ripley.

When deputies arrived, they found the suspect, John Stacy "Cooter" Wacaser, 52, of Ripley, still on the scene. He was taken into custody that night.

Inside the residence, the victim was found and identified as Dectrick Sorrell "Red" McDonald, 42. McDonald was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner.

Gaillard said the motive for the shooting is unclear at this time.

Wacaser will be arraigned Wednesday, Feb. 24. The sheriff's department will release charges after the arraignment.

This story will be updated as information is made available.

tina.campbell@djournal.com