Police ID suspect in murder of 7-year-old boy, say he’s armed and dangerous

Published 4:10 pm Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Brookhaven police have identified a suspect in last week’s shooting death of a 7-year-old boy.

Police confirmed Tuesday they are looking for 24-year-old John Weathersby in connection to the death of Quantavious Allen Jr. last week.

Weathersby, whose known address is in north Lincoln County near Wesson, is wanted for murder, said Chief Kenneth Collins. He is considered armed and dangerous.

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Allen, 7, was playing video games in this grandmother’s house on Grant Road Wednesday afternoon when he was hit by a 7.62 caliber round from an AK 47, Collins said. His father and 5-year-old sister were also in the house. No one else was injured.

Records show Weathersby was charged with possession of controlled substance by BPD in June 2018; with discharge of firearm in city limits and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance in 2017; and with disorderly conduct/breach of peace, resisting arrest, speeding and reckless driving in 2014.

Anyone with information about Weathersby is asked to call Brookhaven Police Department at 601-833-2424, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 601-833-5231 or CrimeStoppers at 601-823-0150. Tips leading to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.