Juvenile Charged, Child Injured in Separate Monday Shootings

Meridian police are spending the holidays investigating two different shootings from Monday- one that led to a juvenile's arrest and another that left a young boy in critical condition. Investigators first responded to a call at 4:20 p.m. on an individual who shot into a home on Davis Street.

"They arrived there and did discover evidence of the home being hit twice," Captain Wade Johnson of the Meridian Police Department says.

Meridian police arrested a juvenile soon after and charged him with shooting into an occupied dwelling. That shooting was followed less than an hour later by a call that a child had been shot on 54th Avenue.

"A seven-year-old that was shot had received injuries due to a gunshot wound. Officers assessed the situation, and that investigation is currently underway," Captain Johnson says.

The MPD's initial investigation shows another individual was playing with a gun when it went off, shooting the child in the abdomen. But the case is still under investigation.

"A seven-year-old child was struck, so we're trying to make sure that we know absolutely everything that was going on at that time," Captain Johnson says.

Captain Johnson says with the injury of this child, investigators want to be certain what happened.

"You see it from time to time and it does occur. It's up to our investigators to reveal any unlawful intent or any unlawful conduct," he says.

The seven-year-old was flown to Jackson for treatment, and was in stable but critical condition at the time of the report. But we have no word yet on the child's current condition.