Man wanted for shooting man in the head in Horn Lake

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HORN LAKE, Miss. — Police are looking for the man they believe shot 29-year-old Edroy James Ballard, Jr., in the head Tuesday.

An arrest warrant for murder has been issued for 55-year-old Gerry Lynn Lofton.

Lofton, who has lived in Horn Lake for the past six months, previously lived in Memphis and may be in the area.

Authorities warn that Lofton should be considered armed and dangerous.

Tuesday, Ballard was found shot to death in front of a home in Horn Lake off Santa Fe Circle.

His father, Edroy Senior, says his son was in the neighborhood visiting his brother.

“Dude got mad, he and my son had some words. When my son didn’t want to argue anymore…my son was fixing to go in the house when dude shot him in the head.”

Family members and friends couldn’t believe the news.

Ballard’s fiance, who he was to marry in just two weeks, collapsed in a car nearby.

Ballard’s mother, Theresa Southgate, said at the scene, “He has a son! And we have to go tell that baby this his daddy is not coming back.”

If you have information about Lofton’s location, call your local law enforcement agency, Horn Lake Police at 662-393-6174 or Desoto County Crime Stoppers at 662-429-8477.

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