Residents concerned after 3 children shot in less than 48 hours

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two children fight for their life after being shot at a Hickory Hill home last night.

Memphis Police are still search for the person accused of shooting those children in a potential drive-by.

It happened just a day after a 10-year-old was shot and killed while playing outside in Orange Mound.

FOX13 was in Orange Mound where a candlelight vigil is set to take place for that 10-year-old boy.

Now, police work to solve another crime that left two children in the hospital.

We heard they are a six-year-old girl and a teenaged boy.

A source told us they are on life support.

He said they were likely shot with an AR-15.

“You may shoot in one direction, but that bullet may not go there,” said Courtnei Spencer, visiting the neighborhood.

We counted at least four bullet holes at this home in the 6800 block of Kirby Mills Cove in Hickory Hill.

Memphis Police said it's where two kids were shot Monday night.

"Put the guns down,” Spencer said. “These are innocent kids, and I don’t see why any adult would get so angry that they would fire at kids."

Memphis police told us both children were inside the home with other people at the time of the possible drive-by shooting.

FOX13’s Siobhan Riley’s police source told her a little girl was likely on the couch playing with a tablet when she was hit.

“I’m devastated,” said Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings. “I’m devastated. And like I said yesterday that the community has an important place in this. Someone knows who pulled the trigger.”

Memphis Police investigators were in the neighborhood Tuesday trying to get clues from neighbors about what they heard the night before.

“I heard bullets, and I heard sleeping, and they went to the right, but I don’t know what color car it was, though,” said Dynisty Boykin, a neighbor. “I know it was two cars, though.”

Spencer, who’s a mother of seven, came to the neighborhood after the shooting to check on her best friend, who lives on the same street with her children.

"When she told me her son was out walking the dog I kept thinking what if he was out walking my dog and was hit by that bullet,” Spencer said.

The source told Riley those two kids shot are likely not going to make it.

Rallings stresses again, the community must do its part to help find the suspects in both shootings.

“The loss of one life is too many, but as a parent, the loss of a child due to this kind of senseless act is unconscionable," said Mayor Jim Strickland.

“We’re working hard every single day to recruit and retain more officers and bring more good paying jobs to our city. Reducing violent crime and keeping people safe has been and remains our number one priority.”

A community leader urges state law makers to require every school in Tennessee to offer trauma informed training.

Pastor Charlie Caswell with Legacy of Legends Community Development Corporation works closely with kids and their families dealing with tragedies.

He encourages them to talk about how they’re feeling.

“If they hold it in it’s only going to build up more stress and anxiety and affect them in many areas of their life, especially in their education,” Caswell said.

Caswell encourages parents to do the same.

He said if parents don’t talk about their emotions, their kids will feel the impact.

“That’s why we’re pushing for trauma informed schools and trauma responsive schools,” Caswell said. “Making sure teachers are again educated on the impact of children being impacted by trauma and knowing it’s not what’s wrong with our children but ask the children what happened to them.”

If you know anything about either shooting, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.