12-year-old hospitalized after being shot in North Memphis

by: Jeremy Pierre Updated:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A 12-year-old boy is home recovering after being shot Wednesday in Smokey City.

Nazim Houston, a single father of three, was emotional the evening after his son was shot.


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"It's two type of people in this world; creators and destroyers,” Houston said.

Houston’s son, Nazim Houston, Jr. was shot while walking home from a neighborhood store Wednesday night.

A witness told police they saw three teens running away from the area after the shots were fired.

Houston said after being shot, his son was taken to a nearby home on Dunlap.         

"My son can't even walk to the store to get him some snacks,” Houston said.

The boy was sent to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in non-critical condition.

The father said doctors at Le Bonheur decided it would be too risky to remove the bullet from the boys thigh.

"They weren’t bothering nobody. I work everyday,” Houston said.

Police told FOX13 they located seven shell casings from the scene.

They said one bullet managed to hit the rear of a car parked on the street.

Police have not released any suspect information.

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