National Guardsman killed in Sardis shooting

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SARDIS, Miss. — One man was killed in a shooting in Sardis on Saturday.

The shooting happened at a gas station at the intersection of Highway 315 and Highway 51. Police and the Panola County Coroner responded to the scene sometime around 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

"I heard a lot of shots," witness Clum Jones said.

Police and family members identified the victim as 24-year-old Robert Robertson. They said he was a National Guardsman stationed in Grenada and had just gotten home March 7 from Afghanistan.

"Everyone is hurt. Really hurt. He had a lot going on. He was trying to do things," Robertson's aunt Arnitta Welch said. "He was sweet, quiet, he didn't bother people. You know, always smiling."

The Panola County Sheriff's Office said they have 23-year-old Mark Burton of Como, Mississippi, in custody in relation to the crime.  People living in Sardis can't believe this happened to Robertson, especially in his home town.

"You wouldn't expect anything to happen to him," Robertson's friend Shakala Ward said. "It brought tears to me. It brought tears to me."

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