Man accused of killing 7-year-old in drive-by shooting given $2 million bond

Detective said Weathersby admitted to killing the 7-year-old

Man accused of killing 7-year-old in drive-by shooting given $2 million bond

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (WLBT) - The man accused of killing a 7-year-old boy in a Brookhaven drive-by shooting appeared before a judge Tuesday and was given a $2 million bond.

24-year-old John Weathersby was wanted for murder for shooting and killing second-grader Quantivious Allen. Source: U.S. Marshals
24-year-old John Weathersby was wanted for murder for shooting and killing second-grader Quantivious Allen. Source: U.S. Marshals

24-year-old John Weathersby was wanted for murder for shooting and killing second-grader Quantivious Allen.

“He just - he just a person that don’t need to be out on the street at all. They need to lock him up and throw the key away,” said Queen Adams, the child’s maternal grandmother.

She and Allen’s aunt, Bessie Adams, were emotional throughout the hearing.

7-year-old Quantivious Allen was inside his home playing video games when he was hit by a 7.62 caliber round from an AK 47.
7-year-old Quantivious Allen was inside his home playing video games when he was hit by a 7.62 caliber round from an AK 47.

In court Tuesday, the detective leading the case said that right after Weathersby was read his Miranda Rights, he admitted to killing the 7-year-old.

Officials say the Mamie Martin Elementary School second-grader was inside his home playing video games when he was hit by a 7.62 caliber round from an AK 47. More than 10 rounds entered the home.

Brookhaven Police Chief Kenneth Collins said Weathersby told authorities he just wanted to shoot up the house, no reason was given as to why, and he didn’t know anyone was home.

When this was mentioned in court, Bessie said she didn’t feel that Weathersby had any remorse.

“He took the only thing and the best thing in my life. He took my 7 year old grandson and he thought he was gonna get off today, but he didn’t. And I thank God, and I thank God right now,” said Queen.

Source: WLBT, Brookhaven Police
Source: WLBT, Brookhaven Police
Source: WLBT, Brookhaven Police
Source: WLBT, Brookhaven Police

“My prayers go out to both families in this situation,” Chief Collins said.

Brookhaven Police Chief Kenneth Collins says 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.

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Collins says that the suspect had been evading police for days.

Quantivious’ funeral services were held in the auditorium of Brookhaven Elementary School.

Weatherby’s attorney and family denied to comment at this time.

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