MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The 16-year-old fatally shot after attempting to carjack a man at an East Memphis Kroger has been identified.
Memphis police said Cameron Pryor, 16, was killed by the carjacking victim.
He has about eight prior incidents and had been charged in the past for three auto thefts and one criminal trespassing.
Willie Murry, 18, was also shot.
Police said the victim in the attempt fought back, killing Pryor.
According to police, the suspects armed with guns attempted to carjack a man out of his white Mercedes truck.
Leslie Ballin is representing the victim in the carjacking. He is not facing any charges.
“He is lucky to be alive and I know there was another loss of life but, if it wasn’t for, it would’ve been my client’s life lost,” Ballin said.
Police said at the time of the attempted carjacking, Murry drove away in a stolen Lexus and then went to a hospital for help.
Several other underage suspects are possibly involved, MPD said.
Ballin said witnesses on the scene and surveillance video will prove his client acted under the law.
“The law in Tennessee is a person has the right to defend him or herself to the extent of killing another if there life is in danger,” Ballin said.
Murry was detained after being treated and released and was transported to homicide for questioning, according to the affidavit.
He admitted his involvement in the attempt to steal the victim’s 2019 Mercedes, valued at more than $100,000.
Murry told police the black vehicle used in the incident was also stolen.
Murry was arrested and taken to 201 Poplar.
He has been charged with attempted second-degree murder, carjacking, and other crimes.
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