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WALLACE, NC (WWAY) — A nine-year-old boy is dead after a drive-by shooting on Saturday afternoon. Meshan Kentay MacMillian is now in the custody of the Wallace Police Department. The Wallace resident was arrested Sunday afternoon with first degree murder of nine-year-old Leon Albe Halley III.

“Anytime somebody gets killed in a sensitive manner like that, especially a 9-year-old child, that’s much more tragic,” said Bobby Maready, Wallace Police Chief. “He had a whole life ahead of him, to get snuffed out this early for no reason at all, it’s totally stupid.”

MacMillian is also charged with discharging a weapon into a dwelling house from a moving vehicle, possession of a firearm by a felon and felony conspiracy. He is in the Duplin County jail with no bond.

Police say MacMillian is not the only suspect involved. They say they are still investigating and that this incident may be gang related.

Police were called to the 400 block of Satchell Street in Wallace just before 4 p.m. on Saturday to respond to the shooting death of the nine-year-old boy, Leon Albe Halley III, who died on the scene. The Halley’s were in Wallace on vacation from New York.

Family says he was playing video games in the living room of the house right before he was killed.

“The doorbell rang, he thought it was his cousin bringing back pizza so he got up to come towards the door, but I got to the door first,” said Latanya Halley, Leon’s Mother. “I heard a pop and when I turned around he collapsed.”

The family is distraught over the loss and say they will remember little Leon for the rest of their lives.

“He had a crazy laugh,” said Leon Halley Jr, Leon’s Father. “He loved sports, he loved helping his mother bake, just a typical 9-year-old kid just enjoying life and it was cut short.”

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Grand Ole Party
2016 years 2 months ago

You sound awful hateful twitty. But yes we do have some hate in our hearts also. We hate the THUGS that shot him. We hate the life he was being taught to live at nine. You keep right on acting as if this is no ones fault. It will just keep happening. Of the two of us, I would bet good money you are much more narrow minded than I am. You are not even willing to look at the real reason this happened. You are too much of a damn racist to even call the killer a thug. Let’s… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

His sentence should be to stand tied in that families yard and let them drive by and take shots at that coward until he is dead.

2016 years 2 months ago

Just one more gang related crime.

2016 years 2 months ago

a drive by shooting?

The article indicates the door bell rang and he answered it. That sounds more like a walk up.

Another relevant question. Was this gang related or an offshoot of a drug transaction gone wrong? And that in no way is a reference to the deceased. But something caused someone to take the shots.

Grand Ole Party
2016 years 2 months ago

“And for the record, one of my favorite news stories in the last 6 months is the WHITE GUY (I’m white btw) who got arrested for having sex with his neighbors dog!!! Didn’t see any of the racists commenting on that one though.”

WWAY didn’t list the race of the dog, otherwise we would have posted racists comments. It’s okay to climb off that high horse now, nobody is buying the ^%$# you’re slinging. I have all the pity in the world for the nine year old victim, very little for the family raising him in a gang environment.

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