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Updated: 11/01/2013 1:17 am
WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) -- West Point police made a gruesome discovery upon entering a mobile home at 2633 Lone Oak Drive around 5 a.m. Thursday.

"Discovered a man in a bed dead, and evidence was collected," said Tim Brinkley, West Point police chief. "It was quickly ruled a homicide since there was no weapon in the close proximity of the body."

The man is identified as 41-year-old Randy Kelly of West Point, and police believe he had been shot once in the head several hours earlier.

When officers arrived, they found two women there along with a half dozen children.

"There were at least six children living at this residence," said Brinkley. "It is not clear who all is at home at the time of this incident, but there was actually another woman on the scene who called law enforcement officials."

The chief of police adds that the section of the neighborhood where the mobile home is located is considered very quiet. In fact, he says over the last five to six years, nothing of this magnitude has happened in that area.

The chief adds investigators are focusing on a 14-year-old male who appeared to be suffering from a self-inflicted knife wound.

"I'll say it that way," said Brinkley. "He is a person of interest. Obviously, he has some information that is vital to this case."

As for the 14-year-old boy, he is in a Jackson hospital receiving treatment.

The body of Randy Kelly is in Jackson awaiting an autopsy, which is scheduled for Friday at 8 a.m.

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