By Scott Boyd
Noxubee Sheriff Terry Grassaree is trying to piece together the details that led to the shooting death late Tuesday night of a Cedar Creek café owner, just outside the city limits of Macon.
Tony Pippin, 36, was found lying in a pool of blood, halfway inside the front door of his Pip’N Wing Shack on Patterson Drive shortly before midnight Tuesday. He died a short time later at Noxubee General Hospital as a crowd of several hundred gathered outside the emergency room.
Sheriff Terry Grassaree said a suspect, Timothy Jones, 34, turned himself in without incident several hours later. He’s being held without bond in the Noxubee County Jail. Jones is very familiar to local police because of domestic violence and other incidents over the past several years.
The incident occurred sometime shortly before midnight Tuesday. He said a potential suspect has been identified as Timothy Jones. Jones is currently in custody.
Ambulance personnel from LifeCare worked with Pippin for about 30 minutes as they tried to stabilize him enough for transportation to the hospital. It appeared he suffered at least two gunshot wounds to the head. There was evidence of bullet holes inside the small take-out café building. At least one bullet ripped through the rear of the building’s exterior. Many of Pippin’s relatives and friends gathered outside the café as ambulance personnel administered aid, while deputies tried to keep the crowd under control.
Noxubee Coroner R.L. Calhoun was out of town Tuesday night and assigned deputy coroner Theotis Rice to secure the body. Calhoun said he would be returning early Wednesday morning and expected the body would be sent to Jackson for an autopsy.
Pippin opened the Wing Shack earlier this year. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Sheriff Grassaree said he planned to question Jones later Wednesday to try to determine the motive for the shooting. He said he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of robbery, or that an accomplice may have been involved. Jones reportedly fled the scene on foot after the shooting.7