The injuries to a juvenile shot by police on Wednesday night after he allegedly shot another man are not life threatening, according to Ridgeland Police.
Chief John Neal was frustrated as he address the media Wednesday night.
“We’ve got a juvenile who’s in the hospital now who’s involved with weapons,” he said. “I guess the plea goes out to all the parents out there: Find your kids right now. If you don’t know where your kids are right now, go find them. Get their butts home and take the damn guns away from them. This has got to stop.”
Neal told reporters that officers were in the area of the Drury Inn and Suites investigating another call of a man with a gun looking into car windows. Officers arrested that man for illegal possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm while possessing a controlled substance.
Police were clearing that scene when they heard several gunshots go off at the far end of the parking lot. When they responded to that area, they found a 38-year-old man on the ground with gunshot wounds. His nephew, who had just alleged shot him, was fleeing the scene.
Officers gave orders and the 16-year-old suspect did not comply, police said, and shots were fired.
The juvenile was transported to the hospital along with the man found at the scene. The incident appears to have been a domestic situation.
Both people shot were from Jackson, police said.
“To be honest with you, it just kind of pisses me off that people in Hinds County come up here to a hotel in Ridgeland and think they can get away with this,” Neal said. “Now they’ve brought Ridgeland and Madison County law enforcement into their squabble.”
There were several witnesses at the scene who will be speaking with police.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is leading the probe into the shooting, which is routine in an officer involved shooting.