Victim identified, suspect in custody in Wednesday night Corinth shooting

other_crime_alt1By Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – A 17-year-old suspect is in custody in the Wednesday evening shooting death of a Baldwyn man.

Police have identified the victim as 19-year-old Anthony Beene of 860 County Road 511, Baldwyn.

Beene died of multiple gunshot wounds, said Corinth police Capt. Ralph Dance.

Witnesses told police that Beene and two other males got out of a vehicle at the John Street Park. Words were exchanged between Beene and the suspect, and when Beene began walking toward the 17-year-old suspect, he fired and struck Beene several times, Dance said. Afterward, Beene ran from the park and up nearby Droke Road, where he knocked on the door of a residence and the residence occupants called the police.

Police responded to the Droke Road address about 7:15 p.m. to find Beene dead on the front porch of the home.

The suspect left the scene of the park, and a manhunt was launched that included the assistance of the Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department, Dance said.

The suspect’s mother approached police Chief David Lancaster about 2 a.m., saying she thought she knew where he could be found, and asked police to hold off until she could bring him in to surrender, which he did about 3 a.m., Dance said.

The suspect has not been charged, but a charge is expected to be filed later today, Dance said.

Beene’s body has been taken to Jackson for autopsy, and the case remains under investigation.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com