7-year-old dies following accidental shooting in Hardeman County, sheriff says

HARDEMAN COUNTY, Tenn. — A 7-year-old boy died following an accidental shooting in Hardeman County.

Jonterrious Vernell Hampton is charged with Reckless Homicide in the child’s death.

Tuesday afternoon around 4 p.m., Hardeman County Central Dispatch was notified that a 7-year-old boy had been shot in Grand Junction. The caller said the boy was being rushed to the Bolivar emergency room in a gray Dodge Charger.

Officers with the Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office stopped the car in Hickory Valley and began giving medical assistance until Hardeman County EMS arrived and took over. EMS took the boy to Bolivar General, where he later died.

Hampton was driving the boy to the hospital.

Officers took Hampton to the Hardeman County CJC, where he told investigators that he was visiting the boy’s home in Grand Junction. He said he was attempting to disassemble another friend’s pistol and failed to clear the chamber. He discharged the round that was still in the chamber by pulling the trigger and accidentally shot the boy.

“It’s crazy and shocking,” said Tr’Darius Girley, who lives nearby. “I am praying for the family.”

The news is hard to process for neighbors like Tonita Walton.

“He was a very outgoing little boy,” she said. “He always played with my nephew and my son. He ran around the block all day long. He was a good boy.”

Walton said the community is coming together to support the boy’s family during this difficult time.

“We love y’all and we support y’all,” she said. “If you need anything, we’re just across the street.”