MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A boy was seriously injured after gunfire in Frayser Sunday afternoon, according to the Memphis Police Department.
MPD said that a male juvenile was shot in the 1500 block of Pueblo Ave. around 4:20 p.m.
According to police, another male juvenile was detained in connection to the shooting and was later charged in the case.
The boy who was shot was rushed to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in critical condition, police said. As of Monday late afternoon, the child was still listed as that.
FOX13 obtained the police report in this case, which brings new details to the table.
According to the report, the teen accused of pulling the trigger said several boys were bullying and threatening to jump him. That’s when he went into the house, got a gun and started shooting at them.
Rodney Davis is calling on parents to step up after learning a Frayser boy is accused of shooting another child Sunday in Frayser.
“Ain’t much you can do but go back to the old ways. Whoop them,” Davis said.
While Davis believes corporal punishment is the best way to keep kids in line, Pursuit of God Church Pastor Ricky Floyd is asking parents to bring their kids to the Husband Institute.
“I’m encouraging people who have boys 6, 7, 8, 9 years old get them involved in some organization in their community like the husband institute at an early age, so we have relationships with those boys,” Floyd said.
Pastor Floyd told FOX13 his program offers psychological counseling, helps participants get GEDs, job training, self-defense classes, as well as teaches kids conflict resolution.
“It’s more about disciplining your mind than being physically aggressive with your body,” Floyd said.
Pastor Floyd said if your son is heading down the wrong path, the program may be able to help turn him around.
“Every Monday night, we meet with boys and we love them. We give the boys protection, correction, direction, and we train them to leave a collection for their children’s children,” Floyd told FOX13 News.
The 13-year-old suspect in this case faced a judge Monday afternoon. He must stay in custody until his next court appearance, which is next Monday, Oct. 18 at 9 a.m.
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