Hancock County

17-year-old held in Bayside Park shooting released ‘for the moment,’ chief deputy says

No charges have been filed yet after a 15-year-old girl was shot in the abdomen at a home in the Bayside Park community, a sheriff’s official said.

The girl, 15, was found unresponsive in just after 2 p.m. Monday, according to a press release from Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam.

Sheriff’s deputies began CPR in attempts to revive the girl. She was transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital, according to the release.

Chief Deputy Jeremy Skinner said the girl was later taken to a different hospital by Flight Care helicopter.

The girl was alive Tuesday morning but her condition is not known, Skinner said.

The girl was not enrolled in any local schools in the county, Skinner said.

A 17-year-old boy was at the Bayside residence when deputies arrived. He was detained for questioning Monday and has since been released “for the moment,” Skinner said.

Skinner said the shooting was isolated. He said rumors were swirling in Bayside that the shooting may have been part of another crime.

“People don’t need to be in panic that we’re having home invasions,” Skinner said.

The case is being handled by the sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division. Skinner said Monday that the sheriff’s department is working on getting a warrant for the house to finish processing the scene.

The weapon has been recovered, Skinner said.

The investigation is ongoing.

This story will update as more information is available.

Justin Mitchell is the southern regional growth editor for the Biloxi Sun Herald, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer and Macon Telegraph. He also reports on LGBTQ issues in the Deep South. He loves karaoke, Lizzo, the Kardashians and carbs.