Teen dies after being shot in Plaquemine, police say
PLAQUEMINE, La. (WAFB) - Officials with the Plaquemine Police Department say they are investigating the shooting death of a teenager.
The shooting happened in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 5 in the 59000 block of Nathan Georgetown Street in Plaquemine.
Authorities say they received a call around 7 a.m. when family members found Tramone Montrell McGinnis, 17, suffering from gunshot wounds.
“The mother said she thought she was dreaming and heard fireworks, she is the only one that said heard what sounded like two gunshots which she thought it was outside of her residence,” explains Plaquemine Police Chief Kenny Payne. Family members and neighbors gather outside their homes, still in shock that some took the life of McGinnis. Family members tell us they have no words to describe what they are feeling.
McGinise died later Wednesday morning, authorities say.
Officials say they have a 14-year-old suspect in custody in connection with the shooting.
“It appears to be there is no remorse or no conscience so to speak on and the juveniles obviously he is 14, they are getting younger and they have no…they have less of a conscience when it comes to committing these types of crimes,” adds Chief Payne. Sheriff Brett Stassi says, “This is the new norm with the criminals becoming younger and the crimes are coming more and more violent.”
Sheriff Stassi and Chief Kenny Payne says something needs to change, but at this point, they say it can’t fall just on law enforcement. They will need help from parents and the rest of the community if they want to make a difference.
“We got to do something about it, life means less and less to these young people, and this is the outcome,” adds Sheriff Stassi.
The suspect is being transferred to a juvenile detention facility in Alabama because there is no room at juvenile facilities in the Baton Rouge area.
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