LINCOLN COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) - The suspect wanted for shooting and killing a 7-year-old last Wednesday has been identified by Brookhaven police.
24-year-old John Weathersby, of Lincoln County, is wanted for murder.
Second-grader Quantivious Allen was inside playing video games with his sibling and dad when he was hit by a 7.62 caliber round from an AK 47.
“Everybody knew him. Just seeing him daily. Just running up and down the street playing with his sister,” said Laramie Green.
Green lives a few doors down from where the drive-by happened last week. He admits it is hard to believe that little Quantivious was killed.
“It was a sad tragedy," said Green. "It feels strange coming outside knowing how everything went down.”
“Really, you never think about a child leaving before you do,” said Brookhaven Police Chief Kenneth Collins.
Chief Collins is now calling on the community to help police find 24-year-old Weathersby.
Collins says the suspect doesn’t live in Brookhaven but hangs out in city a lot.
According to the chief, the suspect and Quantivious’ dad got into an argument. That’s when Weathersby allegedly drove to the dad’s home and opened fire, spraying the house.
The 7-year-old and his sister were inside when the bullets began flying.
The chief says the suspect has been evading police for days and they want him caught soon because the child’s family is hurting and wants closure.
“We don’t want anyone else hurt," said Chief Collins. “You have people, if they are helping John, you will be charged if we find you with John knowing he is wanted. He has a warrant on him. We have gone through enough pain in the community already. We don’t need anyone else hurt."
Police say more than 10 rounds were fired into the home that Wednesday around 6:00 p.m.
The 7-year-old was taken to the hospital and died at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday.