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Updated: 10/31/2013 1:58 pm
WEST POINT, Miss., (WTVA) — According to the West Point Police Department, around 5:00 a.m. Thursday morning, E911 dispatched officers to 2633 Lone Oak Drive in reference to a body found in a residence.

Upon arrival at a mobile home on the outskirts of town, officers say they discovered the victim, Randy Kelly, 41, in bed with a gunshot wound to the head.

Kelly was pronounced dead on the scene.

An initial investigation revealed that Kelly was apparently shot while in bed sometime during the night.

There were at least two adults, including the victim, and six children living in the home, but authorities say it is not clear who was home at the time of the shooting.

Authorities say since no weapon was found in the immediate vicinity of the victim the death was quickly ruled a homicide.

Investigators say a woman, whose name and relationship to the victim is not being released at this time, was at the residence when police arrived.

She directed officers to the location of the body and reported that the 14-year-old son of the victim was missing.

As authorities began a search for the missing teen, evidence was collected including a single shell casing in the home and a handgun outside that appeared to be the murder weapon.

At around 10:00 a.m. the missing teen was found at an undisclosed location.

He appeared to be suffering from a self-inflicted knife wound.

He was taken to the hospital by ambulance and stabilized for transport to a hospital in Jackson.

According to Chief Tim Brinkley, the 14-year-old son is the prime suspect in this homicide but his name is not being released because of his age.

This case is under investigation and anyone with relevant information is asked to call Crime Stoppers or the West Point Police Department.
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