Video of the shooting of AkshPreet Punjab Singh went viral this week and now news has broke that Ronald Cooper has not been charged! Preet Singh’s father and family are upset and calling for justice. McComb Police say if officers had been involved, the disagreement may not have ended tragically.
Authorities said their investigation so far reveals the shooting was justifiable. Bakhsis Singh is devastated by his son’s shooting death on the evening of November 8th. Twenty-three-year-old Akshrpreet Punjab Singh was shot multiple times during an altercation with 41-year-old Ronald Cooper.
The incident took place at VK Kwik Mart on West Presley Boulevard, Mississippi.
According to Police Chief Damian Gatlin, store surveillance video and witnesses indicate Cooper was confronted by Singh. Cooper reportedly had an argument with Singh’s employee earlier at the convenience store his family owns on Summit Street.
Witnesses told police Singh took a bottle Cooper purchased, broke it and held it to Cooper’s neck. Investigators said Singh also hit Cooper then pulled out a 357. The two struggled and wrestled on the ground for the gun.
“If you look at the surveillance at some point they went back to the ground,” said McComb Police Chief Damian Gatlin. “In the process of the struggle, the gun went off hitting Mr. Singh in the abdomen”.
“He took my son from me,” said a tearful Bakhsis Singh. “Why he shot him so many times and he kills my son? That’s my heart. My sweetheart. I pray for God”.
Surveillance video shows Cooper firing several more times before going into the store.
He then drove to his home where he was later taken into custody. Cooper has not been charged.
The investigation is ongoing. The case will be presented to the grand jury.
A candlelight vigil will be held for Akshrpreet Singh Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the family store- Love Kwik Stop on Summit Street.