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UPDATE: 9-year-old dead after drive-by shooting; suspect in custody

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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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sound awful

Didn't say anything about who shot him or how they are living could careless.Don't care why it happen a nine year old young man lost his life.A family is grieving and you talk about hand gestures and how he was being raised, you don't know you can assume.Living in denial not even.See this isn't about me its all about the young man and his family.


this kid only knew peace his mother him and his sister live in church this kid has warmed the hearts of people throughout new york his church home has lost a major key player not a gang member!!!his hand signs only implement peace don't judge this kid or his mother or fam he lived for the lord go and get a hoodie with leon on it and make sure that the demon that has crushed all our hearts in ny gets life!!once again black on black crime!

That is simply not the truth

In both the pictures on WWAY as well as WECT your nine year old son is throwing gang signs. You know it and so does everyone else. He was shot and killed by a thug or thugs, and more than likely YOU brought on this unwelcome attention because you are thug. You taught your nine year old son that the gang life was cool. You should be ashamed of yourself. But more than likely you don't even get it. He should have had many years ahead of him. I am aware this post is not politically correct, unfortunately it is the truth. Maybe if people would start being a bit more honest with themselves this crap wouldn't happen so often.

Totally agree !! That kid

Totally agree !! That kid is flashing gang signs; NOT the peace sign. I doubt he even knew what the 'peace sign' was, lol !!
His parents should be JAILED for child endangerment !!!! They took their kid, on a vacation trip, and stayed in some drug dealing thug gang member's house. What idiot would do that ???
They are probably now trying to figure out who they can sue and get some money from. LOL

simply not the truth

grand i was going to leave this post alone,because a nine year old young man lost his life.With this post of yours i am convinced that you are a total jacka@@@.Are you an expert on gang signs.I don't thank so unless its three up and two down.

For once....

For once I was actually able to understand one of your posts. It's still stupid, but I understood it.


Your ignorance has been missed. I am an expert on the peace sign, and you can bet your ass that ain't no peace sign. Have you seen the picture that WECT posted? I suppose you think that is a peace sign too? But yes you are correct, a nine year old child has been killed. Now the question is why? Who is at fault? Why were gang members at this particular home? I may be a jacka@@, I won't bother to dispute it, however you my friend fall under the dumba@@ category.


You don't know the truth, but I'll tell it to you. Not only are you not politically correct, you are morally wrong. You should be honest with yourself and look at your heart as to the reason you say such hateful things to people you don't even know. Obviously, you were not raised in the South because you would have been taught better. Remember, especially to people mourning the loss of a child, if you can't say something nice, don't comment.


But didn't you just call me a troll? Didn't you just say I was being hateful? Are those nice things? Why don't you take your own advise? If you can't say something nice, don't comment. Or does that only apply to others? Hypocrite!


Looks like a Westside sign. w/e You dont have to be in a gang to have the gang mentality.

So sorry

Mr. Halley and family, I'm so sorry for you loss. You don't know me, and I don't know you; but anytime a child's life is lost, it's a terrible thing, and a great tragedy for everyone. Some people are filled with hate, and will never have anything kind to say to anyone, ever. Please look beyond these selfish, unfeeling people and believe me when I say that not everyone is like that.

I know you will cherish your memories of your child. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

You're are damn right...

You're are damn right we are filled with hate, we hate this happened. How can you be unfeeling and filled with hate at the same time? Is hate not a feeling genius? None of this had to happen. Instead a nine year old child was killed by wanna be gangsters that were more than likely after the wanna be gangster father. Any father that raises his own child to throw gang signs at that age is nothing more than an ignorant thug. This poor kids father is partially responsible for what happened. He raised this innocent child in a gang environment and the child paid for it with his life.




STOP THE VIOLENCE... GUNS KILL..This is devastating for the family and friends of young leon.

Guns don't kill, they are

Guns don't kill, they are just tools utilized by people. People are the ones that kill. Just Saying.

Guns kill?

Guns kill? Damn near everything can kill you. Guns do not kill, it's the people that are holding them that kill.

Guns kill

Not the gun the person who pulls the trigger !


If they didn't have a gun they couldn't pull the trigger.

Well if

Well if we outlawed motor vehicles people couldn't drive drunk.


If there were no guns they couldn't pull the trigger so thugs would move on to the next deadly item. Before long you would have to ban bow & arrows, swords, sporks and sticks.

This is a tragedy. But why

This is a tragedy. But why is a 9 year old kid showing a gang sign. This world is messed up.

Never Would He see another week

All the haters out there before you defend this man , his as S wouldnt breath another week if it was my kid, & it would be slow, unhumane & painful

Very sad

Its sad when anyone loses their life to senseless violence. What concerns me more is the aparent environment this young man was exposed to. Take a good look at this picture and the one wect has. This kid was 9 years old. Just a baby.

Exactly! And certain people

Exactly! And certain people are trying to say he's not flashing a gang sign that it's a "peace sign"....yea right?! I suppose the ride-by was just a random act and had nothing to do with gangs ??

Wallace Shooting

One arrested. Probably more involved if I had to guess. This is a case of where the only question is would this guy like to be well done or extra crispy. There is absolutely nothing to mitigate any factor to result in any less punishment.

I hope MacMillian gets the

I hope MacMillian gets the death penalty.

he aint the only suspect

he aint the only suspect they need to make two more arrest

What?! Wow! I have always

What?! Wow! I have always wanted to move out of Wilmington to the country. I thought that Wallace was a safe and quiet little town- drive by shooting?! My sincere and deepest prayers and condolences to this poor little boys' family.