Habitual Offender Receives Life Sentence for Shooting a Nine Year Old Child

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today, following a two day trial, Larry Carter IV was sentenced to serve life without the possibility of parole after being found guilty of shooting into an occupied dwelling and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On October 5, 2016, at approximately 2:45 a.m. the Madison County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from the Canton Garden Apartment Complex reporting that multiple rounds had been fired into an apartment and that a child had been struck by the gunfire.

When officers arrived on the scene they immediately proceeded to the bedroom of the apartment where a 9 year old child had been shot multiple times.  Law enforcement performed emergency medical care on the child until paramedics arrived.  The victim was transported to UMMC and underwent emergency surgery.  Law enforcement later spoke with the doctors at the hospital and learned that the child had been shot ten times.

Investigators spoke with the victim’s mother and step-father and learned that they and their three children, ages 9, 7 and 2, were in the house sleeping when they were awakened by numerous gunshots.  Once the shooting stopped the parents began to check on their children and discovered that their oldest child had been shot.  Law enforcement searched the perimeter of the apartment and recovered 23 spent shell casings.  Officers also recovered numerous projectiles from the walls of the apartment.

Law enforcement developed Carter as a suspect and he was placed under arrest and transported to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department where he was advised of his rights and agreed to speak with investigators.

Carter admitted that he was the individual who had shot into the apartment.  He also told law enforcement that he was a gang member and that the victim’s step-father was a member of a rival street gang.  Carter said that prior to the shooting the step-father “had been disrespecting him and needed to be dealt with.” At one chilling point of the interviews, investigators reported that Carter appeared upset that no one was killed during the shooting incident.  Carter admitted that he had been using ecstasy and cocaine prior to the shooting.

Guest stated, “Carter is a terrible person who chose to shoot up an apartment where three children were sleeping because he felt that the children’s step-father was disrespectful to him.  I cannot think of a better place for Carter to spend the remainder of his life than behind bars.  I cannot thank the jurors of Madison County enough for holding him accountable for his actions.’

Guest concluded, “Sheriff Randy Tucker and his team did an outstanding job putting together a rock solid case against Carter.  Their investigation provided us with the evidence we needed to obtain convictions against Carter that ultimately removed him from our community. The citizens of Madison County will be safer because of the hard work of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.”

Hobson has two prior felony convictions and was on probation at the time of these crimes.  He was previously convicted of breaking into two homes in Madison County in 2011.

District Attorney Michael Guest was sworn into office in January 2008 and represents the Twentieth Judicial District, Madison and Rankin Counties.  For more information regarding the District Attorney’s office, follow us on Facebook, download our app or please visit www.daguest.com.



Name:                          Larry Charles Carter, IV

Address:                       619 Martin Luther King Drive, Canton

Date of Birth:               August 5, 1991