Arrest of 17-year-old who allegedly shot 4-year-old girl offers little solace for mother

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 17-year-old was arrested and charged with three counts of attempted murder, reckless endangerment, and more following the shooting of a 4-year-old girl.

Itali Oakley was shot while riding in the backseat of her family’s car on South Perkins Road last Friday night.

She is still on a ventilator, but her mother, Kerbi Oakley, said she’s responsive.

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“My daughter is supposed to be declared dead, so to see her breathing, kicking, pulling the ventilator tube, making strides of opening her eyes, responding to doctors, responding to nurses, kicking, giving us confirmation that she’s still here is a blessing,” said Oakley.

A dashcam video was given to Oakley by someone driving behind them.

It shows the moments leading up to the shooting, and you can clearly see the dark-colored car pull up next to the vehicle the Oakleys were in and then hear the three shots fired.

“That video that I was able to see was a reminder that my city needs help. My city needs to get a hold of these guns that are out here,” said Oakley.

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Oakley said the arrest is little solace, but it’s a start on their road to healing and recovery.

“One thing that really hurts is it’s another Black boy, and my daughter had to pay for his hurt. That’s how I feel,” she said.

Memphis Police also arrested a 25-year-old who was in the home with the teen.

Police found multiple guns inside that home. One of the guns found by investigators was labeled as the gun that was used to shoot Itali.

A Gofundme account has been set up to help pay for Itali’s medical bills.

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