Ridgeland police charge juvenile in shooting death of 15-year-old
RIDGELAND — Officials said a juvenile suspect is in custody facing a charge of murder in the Friday morning shooting death of a male teenager in a Ridgeland apartment complex.
“Through the work of investigators and officers on scene, Ridgeland PD was able to obtain information from citizens in the area who provided leads to a possible suspect,” Ridgeland Police Chief John R. Neal said Saturday morning. “A-16-year-old resident of Ridgeland was located and taken in for questioning.”
Neal said that during the interview, officers obtained information that led to police charging the suspect with murder.
“The name of the arrested suspect is being withheld pending communications with the Madison County District Attorney’s Office and Madison County Youth Courts for prosecution,” Neal said.
The murder occurred Friday morning at the Northbrook II apartment complex and killed 15-year-old Marcus Hemmingway.
Ridgeland police received numerous calls from residents of the complex saying they heard multiple gunshots at approximately 11:45 a.m. Friday, Neal said.
“Officers responded, and while searching the area of 125 Pine Knoll Drive, located a victim who had been shot,” Neal said. “They administered first aid, but the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.”
Neal said Hemmingway sustained at least two gunshot wounds, one to the torso and one to the legs. Police did not locate any eyewitnesses to the shooting.
“There were reports and descriptions of a subject running from the area where the victim was located,” Neal said. “The victim had no identification on him, but while investigators and officers were still on the scene, a family approached an officer inquiring about the victim.”
Hemmingway of 110 Pine Knoll Drive was identified as the family’s son.
“Marcus is a student at Olde Towne Middle School,” Neal said.
Madison County Schools issued a statement Saturday morning on the incident.
“The Madison County Schools family grieves the loss of Marcus Hemmingway, a student at Old Town Middle School,” the Madison Schools statement says. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends. District and school counseling staff will be available for students and faculty during this difficult time.”