BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (WLBT) - A seven-year-old child has died after being shot during a drive-by in Brookhaven Wednesday afternoon.
Brookhaven police identified the boy as Quantavious Allen, also called Yang Yang. They say the Mamie Martin Elementary School second-grader was inside playing video games when he was hit by a 7.62 caliber round from an AK 47. More than 10 rounds entered the home.
The Lincoln County Coroner reports that the child died at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday.
Brookhaven Police Chief Kenneth Collins says the shooting happened around 6 p.m. on 2457 Grant Road.
The child, another sibling and his father were inside the house when someone fired 10 rounds into the home with an assault style weapon.
Investigators said no one is talking, and tensions are running high with rumors of retaliation.
“Even at the hospital all the homeboys showed up. They’re angry, want to get out and do something,” said Chief Collins. “If they want to do something, why don’t you come down here and give a statement? Let’s get this murderer locked up for killing this innocent child."
Neighbor Leann Smith said she heard the gunfire, but didn’t see the shooting.
“We were in the house laying down and I heard 11 gunshots and then we got up. My baby ran in the house, said ‘Mama, Mama, Mama come outside. It’s been a drive by,’” recalled Smith. “I’m very nervous and concerned because this child did not deserve that. He was an innocent baby."
Authorities say so far they have no leads and no information on a suspect or vehicle.
Chief Collins says the father of the child, other family members, and members of the community have been interviewed, but are not fully cooperating with police.
If you know something about this fatal shooting call the Brookhaven Police Department at 601-833-2424.
This is an active investigation.