Teen arrested for shooting across from Long Beach elementary school

Police say they found three guns, including one belonging to the teen’s mother that was legally purchased.
Updated: Oct. 2, 2019 at 10:57 AM CDT
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LONG BEACH, Miss. (WLOX) - A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged in Tuesday’s shooting that happened across from an elementary school in Long Beach.

The teen, whose name is not being released due to his age, was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a controlled substance. One person was shot, said authorities.

Officers found three guns, including one belonging to the teen’s mother that was legally purchased, said Police Chief Billy Seal.

Long Beach police received reports of gunshot around 4:45 p.m.
Long Beach police received reports of gunshot around 4:45 p.m.(Photo source: WLOX)

Police initially responded to a call about a possible robbery and shooting in the 100 block of Quarles Street. They arrived at the home, which is located right across the street from WJ Quarles Elementary School, just after 4:45 p.m. when it was first reported that shots had been fired.

After questioning multiple people, the 16-year-old suspect was arrested and charged. He was taken to Harrison County Adult Detention Center, where a $450,000 bond was set.

A WLOX reporter noticed seven yellow evidence markers leading from the house to the street at...
A WLOX reporter noticed seven yellow evidence markers leading from the house to the street at the scene, which is often an indicator of evidence found.((Photo source: WLOX Viewer))

Police Chief Billy Seal said the victim, who is an adult male, was shot multiple times in his legs and feet and also had a gunshot wound near his shoulder. He remains hospitalized but is expected to recover from the non-life threatening injuries.

The chief also said more people could be charged as the investigation continues.

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and Harrison County Sheriff’s Department helped investigate the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Long Beach Police Department at 228-865-1981. Anonymous tips can also be made to Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers online or by calling 877-787-5898.

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