JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)- Jackson police are investigating after a teen was shot multiple times at the Texaco gas station on Medgar Evers Boulevard Tuesday night.
The young girl, who has been identified as 18-year-old Kennedy Hobbs, was on her way to her high school graduation party. JPD received a call around 11:00 p.m. Officers said Hobbs was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A close family member said they were on the phone with her right before she was shot. They said Hobbs was following her to a graduation party, but made a stop at the gas station on the way. She said over the phone, she heard Hobbs arguing with someone and then gunshots.
JPS Superintendent Errick Greene from Jackson Public Schools said learning of Hobbs death is devastating and she will not be forgotten.
“Any loss is tough and the loss of a young person, especially just after she’s graduated, is really tough and it’s tough on many fronts. My heart goes out her immediate family, mom, her family to her friends, to her fellow graduates to all the teachers and leaders who have known her over the years. My heart goes out to them and I just really hope that we won’t allow her loss, her death to be in vain that we use this as fuel to make this a better place.”
Hobbs’ mother is also a teacher in the school district. Superintendent Greene said they’ll have counselors available to talk to students and staff.
Currently, there’s no motive or suspect in the shooting at this time.
Anyone with information about the shooting should call the Jackson Police Department or Crimestoppers.