UPDATE: Columbus neighbor recalls moments after teen shot in the leg

Police confirm a 13-year-old boy was shot in the leg Tuesday night in Columbus.

Posted: Jun 27, 2018 6:36 AM
Updated: Jun 27, 2018 7:56 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - According to Columbus police, a 13-year-old boy was shot in the leg Tuesday night. It happened around 8:30 p.m. near Forrest Blvd and McCrary Rd.

"I was just in the house and all I heard were four shots," recalls Darrius Spraggins, who says the shooting happeend in front of his grandmother's home. "Just heard pow, pow, pow, pow."

Police say the teen went home and told his mom what happened before he was taken to the hospital. 

"I didn't hear any screeching off or nothing," said Spraggins. 

The victim was then transported to a Jackson hospital for additional medical care. His injuries are described as non-life-threatening.

Police questioned a juvenile suspect last night and that juvenile was later released. Police are still talking with witnesses. 

Police say shell casings were recovered at the scene and police believe it was small caliber gun.

"Young people are involved in this kind of stuff. I guess drugs are a big factor, commented resident Richard Gardener. "They're letting this stuff get completely out of hand."

Stay with WTVA 9 News for updates on this developing story.

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