November 26, 2021

16-year old arrested in shooting death of Ridgeland teen, 15

Therese Apel


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.  A 16 year old resident of Ridgeland was located and taken in for questioning.  During an interview with this suspect, information was obtained to charge him 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.


A 15-year-old boy has been shot to death in Ridgeland  and police are searching for his shooter.

Marcus Hemmingway, the victim, was a student at Olde Towne Middle School.

Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal says the shooting happened around 11:45 a.m. at an apartment complex on Pine Knoll Drive in Ridgeland. Dispatchers at 911 took multiple calls from residents in the Northbrook II apartment complex who reported hearing gunshots. Officers responded to 125 Pine Knoll Drive and located a victim that had been shot.

First aid was administered, but the victim died on the scene. He had sustained at least two gunshot wounds, one to the torso and one to the legs.

Police say they were no eyewitnesses to the shooting but there were reports and a description of a possible suspect fleeing the area where the victim was located.

Hemmingway was identified when a family approached the scene and asked about the victim.

The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any knowledge of this crime, call the Ridgeland Police Department or Central Mississippi Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477).


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