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.”

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    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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