GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport man walked out of the police station Monday night surrounded by his family as they clapped and cheered.
Dontedrique Sawon Magee, 20, was released from the Harrison County jail after posting a $10,000 bond. He was initially charged with aggravated assault after a 16-year-old girl was shot in the head Friday night in north Gulfport.
Authorities say that charge against Magee has been dropped. Sources tell WLOX Magee will still face a charge of hindering prosecution, which is still a felony.
Now, a 17-year-old is charged in the shooting. Latavion Bland is facing one charge of aggravated assault and is being charged as an adult. He has been taken into police custody.
Cox said just before 5 p.m. Monday, a detective determined Magee was not the shooter. However, authorities say he was charged with hindering prosecution because he lied to police to cover up for the actual shooter.
Cheering and clapping as Magee walked out of the police station, his dad said the family is thankful he has been cleared in the shooting.
“We just got joy because certain people did their job, certain citizens, certain family members, they did the right thing,” said Bishop Roy Magee. “Because of that, my son is free and we are so happy. It’s just a blessing. Amen.”
According to Papania, two other teens are also being charged with hindering prosecution. They were at the scene when the victim was shot. Their names have not been released.
The shooting happened Friday around 8:40 p.m. on the 16000 block of Crestview Drive in Gulfport. When officers arrived, they found the 16-year-old girl suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. She was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.
The victim’s mother said she is still fighting for her life, according to Chief Papania Monday night.
Gulfport police describe this incident as a “very horrible tragedy” and are still interviewing other people who may have knowledge of what happened. Other charges may be coming.
Bland will have his initial hearing at the jail Wednesday. At this hearing, officials inform the person arrested what they are formally charged with.