(SHELBY COUNTY D.A. NEWS RELEASE) – A 21-year-old man who opened fire on a crowd of teens in a Whitehaven park was sentenced Friday to 133 years in prison for killing a 16-year-old girl, wounding four others and sending many others fleeing for their lives, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant Marcus Malone was convicted in November of second-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, five counts of attempted second-degree murder, 12 counts of aggravated assault and six counts of employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.
One victim, Alana Tello of Horn Lake, Miss., died at the scene after being shot in the back of the neck, while an 18-year-old boy was shot several times, including once in the neck and another time in the back that left him paralyzed.
“The defendant stood over the victim and shot him again while he was on the ground helpless,” said Criminal Court Judge W. Mark Ward. “His first two shots were in the air, so people were running away as he shot at them from the back.”
The judge said 17 shell casings were recovered from Malone’s weapon.
The incident occurred on Nov. 1, 2016, at Zodiac Park in Whitehaven where two groups of teens had gathered to settle a dispute from the previous evening. Witnesses said Malone began fighting with one of the victims, but then pulled a gun and began shooting randomly into the crowd. He then got in a car and drove away.
Zodiac Park is located in Whitehaven near East Holmes and Tchulahoma.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Carla Taylor and Austin Scofield of the DA’s Crime Strategies & Narcotics Prosecution Unit which incorporates and expands the work of the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, the Organized Crime Unit, Project Safe Neighborhood/Gundone, GunStat, the Safe Streets Task Force and the Violent Crime Unit.