Willie Godbolt is accused of killing eight people, including a sheriff's deputy, early Sunday morning. Police say he knew most of the victims.
Caleb Edwards said he is alive thanks to his cousin Jordan Blackwell who died while shielding the 15-year-old from the bullets.
"Jordan was covering me up. He was covering me up man," cried Edwards. "He always had my back."
Edwards' older brother was also killed in the attack.
Godbolt is expected to have his first court appearance Tuesday.
ORIGINAL REPORT: Police say 8 dead in Mississippi shooting including deputy
Report a typo to the ABC13 staff