Two 15-Year-Olds in Custody After Gun Discharge Leads to Fatality

Published 10:30 am Monday, August 28, 2023

Two 15-year-old boys are now under the custody of Gulfport Police following a tragic incident in which a firearm was discharged, resulting in another individual’s death. Kavion Dakari Hannibal and Desean Curtis Cooper, aged 15, have been charged with one count of manslaughter.

Police responded to a shooting report in the 400 block of Kahler Street shortly before 1 a.m. on Saturday, August 26. Upon arrival, officers found a deceased victim from a gunshot wound, later identified as Alexis McLaurin.

Investigation revealed that Hannibal and Cooper were handling the firearm when it accidentally discharged, striking McLaurin and causing her fatal injuries.

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Hannibal and Cooper have been processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center, where they will remain in custody with a bond set at $1,000,000.

Authorities are urging anyone with information about the incident to contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898.