DAMS COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) -- It's been eight years since two people were gunned down inside of an Adams County home. The search for answers continues.
On Feb. 17, 2010, around 11:45 p.m., the sheriff's department received a call about shots fired on East Street in the Fenwick Community.
"We responded out to that residence that day, and upon our arrival we were met by one of the victims who was sitting in a swing saying that she had been shot and we could see her bleeding on her left side, once we entered the residence we found two more deceased persons in there and another that had been pistol wiped," said Sheriff Travis Patten.
It was a home invasion. Eight people were inside at the time. Authorities said 51-year-old Carl Williams and 19-year-old Stephanie Anderson died from their injuries.
Investigators said they believe Williams was the target. He'd recently won a lawsuit and was known to carry around cash.
Three masked gunmen attacked everyone inside the home.
"When they came there, two of them knocked on the front door and when they wouldn't open they forced their way in while another gunman waited at the back," Sheriff Patten said. "As they forced their way in it is believed that one of the eight individuals who were already in the residence attempted to pull some type of weapon and that's when the masked gunmen went to firing."
People started hopping out of windows and running down the street trying to get away from the gunmen. The sheriff said the case has stalled because some witnesses died and others just won't talk.
'We've interviewed 29 different persons of interest since this incident occurred and the people are scared, the witnesses are scared."
The sheriff's department along with Williams' family is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
"This is very hard," said Jennifer Lyles, Williams' daughter said. "My kid's grandfather was taken, my father was taken, my grandmother's son was taken, my aunt's brother was taken so please come forward, this has been a long time, and we need closure behind this, and most important justice has to be served.
Williams' mother says she's been devastated by what happened and it's been very difficult not having any answers.
"I had to go to the doctor and almost lost my mind, and if I hadn't prayed and had God in my life I would have been dead because I couldn't live with what had happened and how it happened," said Betty Squalls, Williams' mother. "And we still don't know who did it, but within my prayer, I believe the Lord's going to answer and is going to give us comfort in this. I really do."
"These killers think that they're free but one thing about the staff at the Adams County Sheriff's Department is that we will hunt you to the ends of the Earth, and that's what our plans are," the sheriff said. "Regardless whether the information comes now or later, I want the killers to know that we haven't forgotten about you and we do plan on seeing you really soon."
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