Scarlet pearl casino shooter wanted, murder suspect’s car caught fire

Published on: September 25, 2022, 11:51 am.

Last updated: September 25, 2022, 12:08 p.m.

Police in Mississippi are searching for two suspects in last week’s deadly shooting at the Scarlet Pearl Casino. A stolen car linked to the murder was located near Alabama. It had been set on fire.

Nicholas Craig
Nicholaus Craig, pictured above. He was shot and killed last week while sitting in a parked car at a casino in Mississippi. (Image: National Gun Violence Memorial)

The dark blue Nissan Altima caught the attention of police after it was seen on surveillance video at the playground in D’Iberville, Miss., during Wednesday’s fatal shooting.

Later in the week, he was discovered at an apartment complex in Prichard, Ala. The car was described as destroyed by fire, WXXVreported a local television station.

Early Wednesday morning, 36-year-old Nicholaus Craig was fatally injured while in a rental car parked across the street from the casino.

Craig and a female friend were staying at the casino hotel to celebrate her birthday, the report said. The couple had dinner Tuesday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Later in the night, his back was uncomfortable from recent surgery, so he planned to go for a walk around 2am. But while he was in the car, he was shot once.

Craig was from Mobile, Ala., and had recently been living in California, Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer said WCBI, a local television station. He had stopped in Mississippi on his way to visit his parents in Mobile.

Comments on Shooting

“We pride ourselves on the people who come to visit our community to feel safe,” D’Iberville Police Chief Shannon Nobles was quoted as saying. WLOXanother local television station.

One of the suspects in last week's shooting at the Scarlet Pearl Casino
One of the suspects in last week’s shooting at the Scarlet Pearl Casino. Mississippi State Police are looking for that person. (Image: D’Iberville Police)

“This gentleman could not sit in his car and mind his own business without losing his life.”

An autopsy was performed Thursday. Police have not released an official motive for the apparent murder.

“At this point, what we believe is that this is a random act of violence and that this gentleman, the victim, is just minding his own business and just seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Nobles said. WALA, another local station. “It could be a robbery attempt gone wrong or a carjacking attempt gone wrong.”

A spokesperson for Scarlet Pearl Casino also said WLOX“Our thoughts are with the families affected by this incident.”

No further comment will be made by the casino until the D’Iberville Police Department completes its investigation.

In an unrelated incident, a man who allegedly attacked his girlfriend at a casino after suffering several gambling losses was sentenced in August to 15 years in prison.

Defeated at the Casino

Christopher Neal McAlister, 45, of Hattiesburg, Miss., was sentenced to 45 years for the murder by Hancock County Circuit Court Judge Lisa Dodson. Thirty years of the sentence will be suspended if he successfully completes the 15-year term.

In May 2020, he lost money at Scarlet Pearl Casino. McAlister then attacked the woman with it. He was charged with domestic violence and aggravated assault Call Heralda Biloxi, Miss. newspaper said.

He was previously convicted three times of domestic violence in 2008, the newspaper reported.

During the summer, it was also reported that Mississippi casino revenue totaled $2.669 billion last year. This is the highest volume in the gaming industry in more than a decade.

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