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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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58 Comments on "UPDATE: 9-year-old dead after drive-by shooting; suspect in custody"

2015 years 10 months ago


2015 years 10 months ago

There are GANGS right under our noses!! Recently went to a local carshow on College and there was a GANG there!! People are afraid to say anything to them..they were totally obnoxious to people around them at the show. Its the last time we go to this particular carshow!!

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2015 years 10 months ago

To tha person asking if my son is putting up gangs sings no its a peace sign like in all of his other pics we are not part of any gang my son an mother came dn to getaway from the crazy city life we live an son ends up getting killed in some lil town in n.c please leet my son rest in peace thank you

2015 years 10 months ago

Why don’t you get R.C. to concentrate on white-on-white crime in Columbus county.

2015 years 10 months ago

I guess you missed the part that he’s in custody. Al and Jessie talk alot about it but the media don’t cover it. I do trust you in that you don’t have fear the captain, you’re white.


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