Cucos Mexican Cafe

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Cucos Mexican Cafe was a Tex-Mex restaurant located on Highway 49. It opened in 1984.[1] and closed on August 1, 2015, due to slow business after the 2012 shooting.[2] Today the building is occupied by Izote, another Tex-Mex restaurant.

2012 Shooting

On April 2, 2012, Scott Tyner entered the restaurant with a gun and began firing. Five people were wounded. He then left the restaurant, and was arrested a short time later. He pleaded guilty to five counts of aggravated assault, and on November 25, 2014, he was sentenced to 20 years for each charge, with the first two sentences running consecutively, and the last three charges running concurrently.[3]


  1. "A little more spice" by Ben Piper, Hattiesburg American, April 27, 2008
  2. "Cucos Mexican Cafe closing in Hattiesburg" by Haskell Burns, Hattiesburg American, July 23, 2015
  3. "Cucos shooter sentenced to 100 years in prison" by Tim Doherty, Hattiesburg American, November 25, 2014