Teen charged in shooting death of Muskegon HS student

7:26 PM, Nov 21, 2013   |    comments
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  • Vance Thompson
  • Charles White Jr.

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A teenager faces involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of a Muskegon High School student.

Vance Thompson, 17, was arrested Wednesday in connection with the death of Charles White Jr., also 17. White was found laying in the road around 8 p.m. Tuesday at East Hume Avenue and Leahy Street. Police say he was shot in the head and left for dead.

White, who was on life support at the hospital, died Wednesday night.

Thursday, the Muskegon County Prosecutor authorized three charges against Thompson: involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence, and felony firearm. He could be arraigned as early as Thursday afternoon.

Muskegon Heights Police are investigating the possibility that the shooting was accidental. Detectives are asking for assistance is finding the .22 caliber black Baretta handgun used in the shooting. Police believe that the gun was left near the scene, but they have not been able to find it. If someone picked it up, they can bring it to any police station, with no questions asked.

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Charles White Junior, 17,  was shot around 8 p.m. Tuesday at East Hume Avenue and Leahy Street, one of the few cross streets in Muskegon Heights with a Neighborhood Watch program.

Police say White was found lying face down in the road.

"It was cowardly to shoot someone in the back of the head," Charles' aunt, Brenda Davis said. She says her nephew was a good kid and on track to graduate from Muskegon High this spring. Wednesday, crisis counselors were on hand at the school to assist students.

Davis is thankful one person is in custody and hopes other call police with information about what happened. "They should just man up and come forward."

She also has broader concerns for Muskegon Heights as a whole, especially when it comes to gun violence among the community's male youth. "There is no rhyme or reason for this-- it needs to stop. We need to come together."

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Silent Observer at (231) 722-7463 or the Muskegon Heights Police Department at (231) 733-8900. More information on the person in custody may be released by the Muskegon County Prosecutor's office Thursday.

Jon Mills

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