A 7-year-old boy who was inside his home Wednesday evening was struck by a bullet during a drive-by shooting Wednesday evening and died hours later at a hospital in Jackson, Miss., according to local news reports.
Authorities told reporters that the shooter, who remains at large, fired multiple shots into the house using an assault-style weapon. One of the projectiles struck the boy as he was home with his sister and father.
The incident happened around 6 p.m. in Brookhaven, a small city in Lincoln County. The city’s school district acknowledged the boy’s death on Facebook and identified him as Quantavious Allen.
“Quantavious spent last year as a first grade student at Mamie Martin Elementary,” the district said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Brookhaven Police Chief Kenneth Collins said the victim’s family members and neighbors have been interviewed, but not all of them are fully cooperating, according to NBC-affiliate WLBT.
“A 7-year-old child is innocent,” he told The Daily Leader on Wednesday. “Whatever the problems that the adults had, it should not have spilled over dealing with the home and the kids.”
Collins was not immediately available for an interview Thursday afternoon.