Teen faces theft charge after shooting, victim in critical condition

Published 2:55 pm Tuesday, April 7, 2020

A 15-year-old teenager faces a charge of possession of a stolen firearm following an investigation by Vicksburg Police into the reported accidental shooting of another teen.

The wounded teen, who is also 15, was shot in the back of the head. He was taken by helicopter to University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he was in critical but stable condition. The teens’ names were not released because of their ages.

The shooting occurred about 5:21 p.m. Monday in the 200 block of Demby Drive. During the investigation into the shooting, officers determined it was accidental, but took the 15-year-old suspect into custody after learning the gun was reported stolen in an April 2 auto burglary at the Rivertown Campground. Another juvenile has also been arrested in the case.

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Both juveniles are being held at the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center and will appear in Youth Court.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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