Juvenile dies in shooting

Published 7:47 pm Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Poplarville Police Department is still investigating the shooting of Shaun Phillip Allen, 16, that occurred about 9:24 p.m. Sunday at 1201 S. McGehee St., lot No. 29, according to a department release.

Responding officers found Allen laying in a hallway of the residence suffering from a gunshot wound to the right chest, according to the release. Emergency medical personnel were called to the scene but were unable to revive the victim, the release states.

Jeremy Russell Ladner, 20, a suspect in the case, had fled the scene but later surrendered to investigating officers, the release reported. The location of the shooting incident was Ladner’s residence, according to the release.

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Poplarville Chief of Police Charles Fazende said there were three witnesses to the incident.

Ladner has been arrested in connection with the incident and is being held in the Pearl River County Correctional Facility at Millard on a manslaughter charge. An initial hearing to set bond is expected Wednesday afternoon, Poplarville Chief of Police Charles Fazende said in a telephone conversation Tuesday morning.

On Wednesday, Fazende said little had changed regarding the investigation.

A charge of manslaughter, sometimes considered in cases of self-defense or a crime of passion, can be punishable by jail time of two to 20 years.

Fazende said an investigation into the incident is ongoing with assistance from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and the Mississippi Crime lab.

Allen was a student at Poplarville High School, an avid skateboarder and a member of the Oak Hill Pentecostal Church.

His survivors include: father, Wallace Somerset of Loxley, Ala.; mother, Jolenea and Billy Smith Sr., of Poplarville; brothers, Billy Smith Jr., Chris Allen and Tristan Allen, all of Poplarville; sisters, Melissa Smith, Tiffany Smith, Amanda April and Angel Allen, all of Poplarville, and Stephanie Somerset of Loxley, Ala.

Services are at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at White Funeral Home of Poplarville.

Burial is at a later date.