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Police Chief: Beating of teen could be gang related

The Louisville Police Department is investigating a 13-year-old boy who was beaten by seven to 10 other people on Monday.

Posted: Jul 10, 2019 11:13 PM
Updated: Jul 11, 2019 9:27 AM

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Louisville Police Department is investigating a 13-year-old boy who was beaten by seven to 10 other people on Monday.

A video of the beating was shared on social media.

Police Chief Sean Holdiness said he believes the incident may have been a form of gang initiation.

"We've got intel that it may be drug-related, and it may be that this individual that we want to question is pushing drugs on our children,” he said.

The chief said the attackers ranged from 13-15 and have been found.

Holdiness visited the boy on Wednesday morning and said he is in good spirits but dealing with facial issues.

The police are interviewing a person of interest who they believe may be involved.

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